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The Invasion of Bust Snatchers: More Bronze Statues Vanish in Tehran

Source: Mehr News Agency

Serial thefts of bronze statues have been reported in Tehran on Tuesday after publication of news reporting the theft of the Shahriar bust from the courtyard of the City Theater in the metropolis.

Statue of Iranian poet Mohammad HosseinShahriar

The busts of two leaders of the Iranian Constitutional Movement, Sattar Kahn in Sattar Khan Street and Baqer Khan in Shahr-Ara Street, and the bust of Iranian master of intarsia art Mohammad-Hossein Sani'khatam at Mellat Park as well as two other sculptures from the courtyard of the Iranian Artists Forum have been heisted during the Noruz holidays from March 21 to April 2, the Persian service of the Far News Agency reported on Tuesday.

In addition, the bust of Iranian intellectual revolutionary Ali Shariati at Shariati Park and "Mother and Child", a sculpture located in Shahrak-e Gharb neighborhood, have also been reported stolen.

The statues have been stolen for the value of the metal used in making them, Tehran Municipality's Statue Office director Mojtaba Mousavi told Fars on Wednesday.

The statues will likely be melted down and the bronze in them sold to scrap metal dealers.

"It is impossible to entertain the notion that we can no longer have urban statues of bronze... If the stolen statues cannot be recovered, we will install replacement statues at these locations," Mousavi said.

He added that they will register a complaint with the judicial authorities about the issue.

Theft of cast iron manhole covers from underground electrical and telecommunications systems and aluminum road signs has been common over the past decades in Iran.

The thieves sell the items to scrap metal dealers.

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