FBI returns stolen marble statue to Italian government

Torlonia Peplophoro, a Roman marble peplophoros statue, was stolen on November 11, 1983, from Villa Torlonia, a historic residence in Rome, Italy. (FBI)
Torlonia Peplophoro, a Roman marble peplophoros statue, was stolen on November 11, 1983, from Villa Torlonia, a historic residence in Rome, Italy. (FBI)

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States has returned to the Italian government a recovered marble statue that was stolen more than three decades ago.

A ceremony was held Wednesday in New York.

The headless and armless statue depicts a woman wearing a garment common in ancient Greece.

It was among works stolen in 1983 from the Villa Torlonia in Rome, which houses art and cultural artifacts.

A New York City gallery owner illegally imported it in the late 1990s and then sold it in 2001 for about $75,000.

The buyer then tried to resell it through an auction house, discovered it was stolen and voluntarily turned it over to the FBI in 2015.

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