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Priceless piece of Camp David history on show at LJCC

PUBLISHED: 10:45 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:05 07 September 2010

A PRICELESS bust commemorating the Camp David Peace Accords has been donated to a Golders Green centre. The acquisition has been described as a piece of history by experts visiting the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC) on North End Road. One of only

A PRICELESS bust commemorating the Camp David Peace Accords has been donated to a Golders Green centre.

The acquisition has been described as a "piece of history" by experts visiting the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC) on North End Road.

One of only three in the world, the piece by Batia Lichansky was commissioned in 1978 at the time of the talks and depicts Sadat, Begin and Carter linking hands.

Mystery surrounds where it had been before it fell into the hands of a board member of the LJCC.

Alan Fell, general manager of the centre, said: "We have new members joining our board and one of them is an art connoisseur and collector.

"He told me he had it and asked if we wanted it. It is a very dramatic piece so it's not really suitable for a domestic setting. It really should be on display and now he has given it to us on long-term loan."

Two other copies of the bust are in the Carter Museum in America and the other in the Israel Museum.

All three, including the one at

the LJCC, were signed by the world leaders.

Security fears on how to protect such a priceless landmark have, however, been somewhat allayed for the centre by the sculpture's bulky frame.

"It weighs 90 kilos so it's not exactly something you'd like to move and drop on your toe," Mr Fell laughed.

For more on this story plus picture see this week's Ham&High.


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