Worst Airport Ever Finds Duchess’ Tiara In Lost And Found, Sells It
9:45 am, June 22nd | by Laura Donovan
Airports have become terrible places, and their already tarnished reputation has just gotten worse. The British Airports Authority (BAA) discovered Duchess Argyll of Scotland’s tiara in the Glasgow Airport lost and found a couple years back, and rather than execute their due diligence and try to find the owner, they sold it.
The Duchess, who had reported the crown as well as three other items missing to the Art Loss Register (ALR) in 2006, believed her things were gone for good until she stumbled upon her MIA Cartier brooch in a catalogue of Scottish auction Lyon & Turnbull (L&T) this year. Though the authority has offered to reimburse the diamond merchant so the shiny crown and brooch can be given back to the Duchess, her pearl earrings and emerald ring are still nowhere in sight. Awesome.
The Telegraph reports that the ALR’s lawyer investigated and found the jewelry months after its loss, but BAA did not contact police about the matter. They merely sold it to a diamond merchant for less than a fraction of its worth and donated the proceeds to charity, the protocol for lost items that go unclaimed for three months.
We’re all for helping the less fortune, but the airport went about this in the worst way possible. Here’s to hoping the Duchess doesn’t have to fly through Glasgow ever again. I certainly won’t be!