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Autocephalous Greek-Orthodox Church v. Goldberg & Feldman Fine Arts, Inc.

Autocephalous Greek-Orthodox Church v. Goldberg & Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., 717 F. Supp. 1374 (S.D. Ind. 1989), aff’d, 917 F.2d 278 (7th Cir. 1990), reh’g denied, No. 89-2809, 1990 U.S. App. LEXIS 20398 (7th Cir. Nov. 21, 1990), stay vacated by 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6582 (S.D. Ind. May 3, 1991) (ordering judgment entered for plaintiffs), cert. denied, 502 U.S. 941 (1991), reh’g denied, 502 U.S. 1050 (1992). 



A number of Byzantine mosaics were looted from an Orthodox church in Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus sometime after 1974. The Church of Cyprus learned of the theft in 1979. In 1988, an Indiana art dealer, Peg Goldberg, purchased four of the mosaics in the free port of Geneva, Switzerland for over $1million, from a Turkish art dealer living in Germany. Cypriot authorities learned of the mosaics’ location when . . . .

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