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Iceman finders fee settled

A long-standing row over a finders fee for Ötzi, Italy’s famous Iceman, has been settled.

Authorities in this province on the Austrian border said on Monday they would meet the 150,000-euro demand of the German couple who found the Iceman in 1991.

The money will go to Erika Simon, 72, who lost her husband and co-finder Helmut in a mountain accident five years ago when he was 67.

The pay-out settled a row which began in 1994, three years after the find, when the Simons spurned a ‘symbolic’ reward of 10 million lire (around 5,200 euros). That was when the couple began fighting for a slice of the multi-million-euro business the Iceman generates.

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