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Lawyer: Art dealer accepts prized coffin's return to Turkey

Authorities say a prized 2nd-century B.C. coffin in sculpted marble depicting the 12 labors of Hercules is set to return to Turkey.

It ends a legal battle over an artifact that mysteriously turned up in Geneva's secretive customs-office warehouse years ago.

The Inanna Art Services cultural goods importer tried for months to block the restitution of the hulking, three-ton sarcophagus.

Didier Bottge, a lawyer who represents the importer, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the company decided two weeks ago "to contribute to the return" by abandoning its efforts in Swiss courts.

La Tribune de Geneve newspaper first reported last week that the sarcophagus would go home from the secretive Geneva Free Ports warehouse.

The coffin is said to be among 12 of its kind known in the world.