U.S. government offers deal to trade $500 million shipwreck treasure for Jewish family's painting looted by the Nazis and currently in Spain.
The treasure is reportedly from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and is currently in the hands of Odyssey Marine Exploration of Tampa, Florida.
The painting is Camille Pissarro's "Rue St Honoré. Après-midi. Effet de Pluie" (1897), which currently hangs in Madrid's famous Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
"The cables seem to indicate that someone in the U.S. State Department has literally offered to sacrifice Odyssey and its thousands of shareholders along with the many jobs created by the company in exchange for the return of one painting to one U.S. Citizen," the company told the Tampa Tribune. "It is hard to believe that this really happened. It sounds like something out of a Hollywood script." . . .
Full story at: The Tampa Tribune