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Museum theft: Rare sealskin jacket stolen from Aberdeen museum

December 8, 2008.

An “irreplaceable” sealskin jacket was stolen after thieves broke into the University of Aberdeen’s Marischal College Museum, where it was on display. The rare 19th-century parka had been worn by an Inuit kayaker and came to the museum in 1920 as a gift. Made from several pieces of hide, the jacket is sewn together with sinew, and has grey-brown fur on the outside. Neil Curtis, the senior curator, said: “Although it has a low monetary value, this is an irreplaceable item.” The theft took place between 4.30pm on November 27 and 5.30am on November 30.

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