Hobby Lobby Sues Christie's Over Seized Gilgamesh Tablet

Law360 (May 19, 2020, 8:40 PM EDT) -- Retailer Hobby Lobby on Tuesday sued Christie's auction house for fraud after government agents seized an ancient artifact the arts-and-crafts chain bought for a museum and said the "Gilgamesh Dream Tablet" was stolen from Iraq.

Hobby Lobby, a Christian company that's no stranger to government forfeiture of artifacts it's purchased, bought the 5-by-6-inch clay cuneiform tablet in a private sale for $1,694,000 in 2014, and claims Christie's, the broker, covered up the fact that a previous owner said it could not be sure of the provenance of the tablet, instead allegedly telling the retailer it confirmed the relic's backstory.

Hobby Lobby paid...

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