COLD CASE

$10,000 Reward for Lost ‘Well of the Scribes’ Sculpture

Well of the Scribes $10,000 Reward
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The Well of the Scribes mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago from the Los Angeles Central Library gardens, but a recent article in Alta led to the return of a section of the famed bronze fountain. Join the search and help recover this valuable piece of history.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered to anyone with information leading to the recovery of one or more sections of the long-lost sculpture the Well of the Scribes, which disappeared from the Los Angeles Public Library’s central branch 50 years ago. The 1926 bronze fountain went missing in the 1960s when the Central Library’s West Lawn was razed to put in a parking lot. The sculpture’s fate was unknown until last summer, when a section was discovered in Arizona after Alta published a Cold Case article about the Well’s disappearance. The magazine has since hired a private investigator and is now appealing to the public for help.

Alta magazine, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Public Library, has announced a reward of up to $10,000 for anyone who provides information leading to the recovery of one or more of the missing pieces.

Anyone with information should contact Alta magazine: tips@altaonline.com 

Read the $10,000 reward rules and conditions.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL STORY

Closeup of the recently recovered piece of the Well of the Scribes.JOHN GILHOOLEY
Close-up of the recently recovered piece of the Well of the Scribes.

PRESS COVERAGE TO DATE: 

Alta, L.A. Library Announce $10,000 Reward for Information Leading to Long-Lost SculptureLos Angeles Times

L.A. Public Library Announces Reward for Return of Bronze Fountain PieceArchitectural Digest

Magazine, L.A. Library Offer $10K Reward in Search for Long-Lost SculptureKTLA

LA Library Offering $10,000 Reward for Information on Sculpture’s Missing PiecesABC7

The ‘Well of the Scribes’ Sculpture ResurfacesAlta

Sculpture Returns to L.A. Central Library After Turning Up in Arizona 50 Years After Mysteriously DisappearingKTLA

Long-Lost Bronze Sculpture Was Discovered in Bisbee Antique Shop and Returned to LA LibraryAZ Central

Lost for 50 Years, a Once-Missing Sculpture Has Returned to the Los Angeles LibraryWashington Post

3,000 Pound Missing Statue Returned to Library 50 Years LaterWTHR

Los Angeles Library Statue Found in Arizona After 50 Years. See Its Return.NBC4

Panel from Missing L.A. Public Library Sculpture Found After 50 YearsFOX News 

City Librarian John Szabo Unveils the Well of the Scribes at Central LibraryEsotouric

Watch as the Los Angeles Central Library Unveils the Found Portion of the Well of the ScribesABC7

A Long-Lost Sculpture Returns to L.A. but the Mystery ContinuesLos Angeles Times

Portion of a Missing Sculpture Returned to Central LibraryLos Angeles Downtown News

Brandon Reynolds Explains the Mystery of the Long-Lost Well of the ScribesKCRW

Hear Brandon Reynolds Discuss the Discovery on SoCal Public Radio — 89.3 KPCC

A Piece of a Missing L.A. Library Sculpture Was Found in Arizona. Where Are the Other Two?Los Angeles Times

Lost for Decades, Bronze Library Sculpture Turns Up in ArizonaCurbed Los Angeles

Mystery Solved: Sculpture Missing for 50 Years Found in BisbeeHerald/Review

A Piece of a Sculpture Missing for 50 Years Was Found in a Bisbee Antique StoreKOLD News 13 (video)

Piece of Missing Sculpture Resurfaces in Antiques Store 50 Years LaterUPI (video)

Arizona Antique Dealer Helps Los Angeles Library Reunite with Lost ArtArizona Daily Star

Whatever Happened to the Well of the Scribes? — Alta

HAVE INFORMATION? CONTACT US AT TIPS@ALTAONLINE.COM

The Well of the Scribes before it was removed from the outside of the Los Angeles Public Library.PHOTO COURTESY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Well of the Scribes before it was removed from outside the Central Library.

JOIN THE SEARCH AND HELP RECOVER THIS VALUABLE PIECE OF LOS ANGELES HISTORY!