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University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology Offers 50,000 Reward
Bill Reid, Box. 1967. Made of Gold. Gold box with a sculptured, three dimensional eagle on top. The engraving on the lid portrays an engraving of a killer whale in which the eagle ismirrored. The protruding three-dimensional head of the crouching bear dominates the front of the box, with high relief paws overshadowing the less predominant engraved forms deocorating the box.
VANCOUVER.- The University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology (MOA) has been devastated by the theft this weekend of 15 objects, including 12 pieces by the renowned late Haida artist Bill Reid.

Collectively, the monetary value of these pieces as art objects is approximately $2 million. However, the dollar value of the gold in these artworks is significantly less, only $15,392 if computed at current gold prices.

“The theft of these art objects is a loss of cultural patrimony for the whole of Canada ,” MOA Director Anthony Shelton said today. “We are working with the RCMP as they conduct their investigation, and are hopeful that these cultural treasures will be recovered safely.”

To this end, the University of British Columbia is posting a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the safe return of the stolen artworks in their original condition and the arrest of any suspects involved in the theft by June 30, 2008.

Referring to one of the stolen Bill Reid pieces, an extraordinary gold box with a sculptured, three-dimensional eagle on top, Shelton said: “This theft is the equivalent of a kidnapping aimed at one of the signature pieces of First Nation art that carries and communicates the creative genius of the whole of the Canadian people. The perpetrators must realize it is the Nation that will be their judge.”

Photographs of the stolen artworks can be seen on the UBC web site at

Anyone with any information concerning this theft is urged to contact the RCMP UBC Detachment at 604-224-1322 through June 30, 2008.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave anonymous information at

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