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In 1983  officials visiting from Adelaide, Australia, gifted Austin, its sister city, a large opal brooch now worth tens of thousands of dollars. In return, Austin gave a bronze longhorn valued at $1,200.

According to reports in the Austin American Statesman, the Adelaide City Council wants the opal back. “If it’s just being put away and not really valued, then we thought it would be a nice historical thing to put it back where it belonged,” Adelaide City Councillor Anne Moran said.

The Australian request has stirred up other countries wanting their gifts back. The French Cultural Heritage Commission has requested the return of the Statue of Liberty. “It just sits out on that island all alone. It needs to come back to the environment where it was made, Paris, the greatest city in the world,” a Commission spokesman said. The plan is to re-erect it  opposite the Eiffel Tower on the Trocadero. “You know the language on it, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’? We French have all these immigrants now and you are building a wall. It just works better here.”

The British have also filed a request. They are seeking the return of Cornwallis’ sword, surrendered at the Battle of Yorktown. There are various accounts of what became of the surrender sword after the battle: some claim General Washington kept it for a few years and then had it returned to Lord Cornwallis, while some believe the sword remains in America’s possession, perhaps in the White House. Other reports say it was last seen when Harry Truman wore it to a Knights of Columbus celebration and lost it in a poker game. “If you ain’t got it, you can’t give it back,” a State Department source said.