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Owner Sought for $372 Million Giant Emerald

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of several people claiming ownership of an 840-pound emerald has told a judge he paid for the behemoth gem shortly after it was unearthed in Brazil.

Anthony Thomas took the stand in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday and was questioned by lawyers for other people claiming they are the rightful owners.

Thomas says that in 2001 he paid just $60,000 for the so-called Bahia Emerald, the world's second-largest emerald. Its value has
since been appraised at $372 million.

Thomas has previously said that after he arranged to have the gem shipped home, he was tricked into believing the emerald was stolen so it could be sold to someone else.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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