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

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
917 F.2d 278 (7th Cir. 1990)


In the late 1970s, a sixth-century holy relic mosaic was looted from a Church of Cyprus (Church) (plaintiff) in war-torn Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus first learned of the theft in 1979. Four pieces of the mosaic eventually turned up in mainland Europe in 1988, and were purchased in Switzerland by American art dealer Peg Goldberg (defendant). Without attempting to determine the rightful owner of the pieces, Goldberg brought them back to the United States and attempted to sell them. The origin of the pieces then came to light, and Cyprus and Church of Cyprus brought a suit in federal district court in Indiana for their recovery. The district court awarded possession of the pieces to the Church. Goldberg appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Bauer, J.)

Concurrence (Cudahy, J.)

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