The Getty originally purchased the pages for $1 million, according to the New York Times. The Zeyt’un Gospels are the earliest signed work of T’oros Roslin, “the most accomplished illuminator and scribe in Armenia in the 1200s,” in the words of the museum.
Lee Crawford Boyd, a representative of the Prelacy, said in a statement: “This is a momentous occasion for the Armenian people, coming at a historic time, on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. I want to thank the Getty for joining in a solution that recognizes the historical suffering of the Armenian people and that will also allow this Armenian treasure to remain in the museum which has cared for it and made it available to the Armenian and larger community in Los Angeles. We are pleased that both sides arrived at an amicable solution[.]”