شنبه ۲۰ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۴:۵۴ - ۱۰ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Iran has filed a complaint in a London court against British auction house Christie's to stop the sale of a 2,500-year-old relief fragment from the site of ancient Persepolis. Iranian cultural official Yunes Samadi said Iran will take further legal action if the auctioneers do not agree to return the piece.
The limestone relief, featuring a head of an Achaemenid soldier, is said to have come from the eastern stairways of Apadana palace, built by Xerxes I (486-465 BC) in Persepolis, now in southern Fars province.
According to Samadi the piece was smuggled out of Iran some time between 1933 and 1974, when it is thought to have gone on auction at another British art auction house, Sotheby's.