After almost 50 years, the Roman statue of the god Bacchus, who was presented as a boy, returned to the French museum Musée du Pays Châtillonnais. The facility was stolen in 1973 along with five thousand Roman coins.
The artefact is 40 cm high and was discovered at the end of the 19th century in eastern France.
The French owe the recovery of their lost Bacchus to Arthur Brand, a Dutch seeker of lost works of art. As the man reported, he found the statue when one of his clients approached him for more information about the statue; this was supposed to be proposed by an Austrian art collector who was to purchase the object legally. Arthur Brand, intrigued by the object, searched old information and discovered that it was the missing Bacchus from 1973.
The Austrian collector donated the object to the museum, and in return received a certain amount of money which was due to him under French law for the preservation of the statue.