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Greek Orthodox Patriarchate v. Christie’s, Inc.

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate v. Christie’s, Inc., No. 98 Civ. 7664, (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (granting summary judgment to defendants).

The Archimedes Palimpsest, a tenth-century manuscript that once belonged to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, entered the collection of a French civil servant sometime in the 1920s under unknown circumstances. In 1998, the civil servant’s heir, Anne Guersan, consigned the palimpsest for sale at Christie’s auction house in New York. The Patriarchate brought suit to recover the work in

Federal District Court, but . . . .

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