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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stolen Art Watch, Chinese Head, $1.6 Million, Love You Long Time

Two Chinese Sculptures Stolen From Westport; Worth $800,000 Each, Police Say,0,3066278.story

Two ancient Chinese head sculptures worth about $800,000 each were stolen from a private collection recently, and police are seeking information about who could have stolen them.

The Louhan sculptures are "extremely unique and rare" and are of the "few examples known to exist in the world," police said in a news release.

The pieces are 900 to 1,000 years, dating back to China's Tang Dynasty, and are carved from sandstone. Each weighs between 60 and 80 pounds and is about 15 inches tall, 15 inches deep and 10 inches wide.

The owner had been storing the sculptues at an undisclosed location in Westport, police said. The theft was reported around noon on Monday, but may have been stolen any time during the past couple of weeks, police said.

The theft is being investigated by the Westport Police Detective Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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