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Second Circuit says Turkey isn’t owed ancient artifact

MANHATTAN — The Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s determination that the Republic of Turkey has not proven ownership of a 6,000-year-old marble idol dubbed “the Stargazer.” Because Turkey has prejudiced the auction house Christie’s and its private owner by “unreasonably” delaying its decision to bring this action, the appellate court affirms on the doctrine of laches.

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