A price on his head: Hamburg museum appeals for return of plundered pirate skull

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A 600-year-old skull believed to be that of a legendary German pirate has been stolen from a museum in Hamburg.

Klaus Stoertebeker was the most famous German pirate of the Middle Ages. He is believed to have been beheaded by authorities in 1400 in Hamburg, together with 30 of his followers.

The heads were nailed on pillars at the entrance of the Hamburg harbour in an effort to deter would-be pirates.

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