Stolen letter from Christopher Columbus turns up in Atlanta

- A stolen letter written by Christopher Columbus turned up in Atlanta.

And it's apparently been here for at least 14 years.

The 8-page letter was sent to Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1942.

It was kept in the Vatican Library, but stolen at some point and replaced with a forged copy.

An Atlanta art collector purchased it in 2004 for $875,000, not knowing it had been stolen.

The owner had an expert look at it earlier this year and realized it was the stolen copy.

It has since been returned.

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