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Priceless Nikola Tesla Artifact Stolen from Wardenclyffe

Submitted by cameron on November 19, 2009 at 11:30am
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According to a recent post on the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe Facebook page maintained by Jane Alcorn, President of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, the bronze commemorative plaque that was commissioned and donated by the Yugoslavian government on the 120th anniversary of Tesla's birth and placed near the entrance of the Wardenclyffe laboratory has been stolen.

Some have speculated that the thieves may have been taking any valuable metals to simply sell for scrap and were ignorant to the true value of the plaque. It would be an extremely selfish act for a Tesla enthusiast to have been involved only to further his personal collection. After all that has been done to save Wardenclyffe and the significant progress that has recently been made, I'm sure this comes as a discouraging blow.

Anyone who may have tips or information may contact the Suffolk County Police Department at (631) 852-8700 or email the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.

The inscription on the plaque reads, “IN THIS BUILDING DESIGNED BY STANFORD WHITE, ARCHITECT NIKOLA TESLA BORN SMILJAN, YUGOSLAVIA 1856, DIED NEW YORK, U.S.A. 1943. CONSTRUCTED IN 1901-1905 WARDENCLYFFE, HUGE RADIO STATION WITH ANTENNA TOWER 187 FT. HIGH (DESTROYED 1917), WHICH WAS TO SERVE AS HIS FIRST WORLD COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM. IN MEMORY OF 120TH ANNIVERSARY OF TESLA'S BIRTH AND 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF U.S.A. INDEPENDENCE - July 10, 1976”

Hopefully someone will be able to intervene and the plaque will be recovered. There is no word of a reward or any other information at this time. This post will be updated as additional news is made available.

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