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Iran Loses Court Battle over Achaemenid Bas-relief


22 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iran on Friday January 19, lost a legal battle against an 85-year-old French widow over a piece of carved limestone from the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis, reported Reuters News Agency.


London's High Court ruled in favour of Denyse Berend, who bought the artefact in 1974, in a case brought against her by the Iranian government which sought to reclaim the relief fragment.


After a week of legal argument, Mr Justice Eady decided Berend was the legal owner of the piece, originally part of a wall frieze from the Northern Facade of the Eastern Staircase of the Apadana, or audience hall, at Persepolis.

Berend bought it at a New York auction in 1974 and decided to sell it through London auctioneers Christie's in 2004.


When it learnt about the planned sale, the Iranian government, which has stepped up efforts to secure the return of thousands of Persian artefacts held abroad, obtained a court order preventing Christie's from selling it.


Founded by Darius the Great in 518 BCE, Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Its spectacular ruins, situated about 50 miles (80 km) north of the modern city of Shiraz, are Iran's best-known archaeological site and a major tourist attraction.




Extracted From/Source: Reuters News Agency

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