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eBay Ends Auction Of Iraqi Relic

A 4,000-year-old clay tablet thought to have been smuggled illegally from Iraq was removed from eBay just before the close of an online auction.

The tablet had a wedge-shaped cuneiform script and had been put up for sale on eBay’s Swiss site. It caught the eye of a German archaeologist, who contacted the German police. They passed the information to their Swiss counter parts.

Authorities have launched criminal proceedings against the seller, who was identified only as a resident of Zurich.