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Stolen bronze sculpture recovered
Bronze sculpture
The sculpture was chained to a fire escape in London
An artist's 200,000 sculpture which was stolen two years ago has been found chained to a fire escape.

Helaine Blumenfeld's 7ft, one-tonne bronze sculpture 'Transformation - Tree of life' was stolen from a fine art shipper in July 2005.

It was recovered from the garden of a flat in Streatham, London, after a call was made to a London gallery hosting an exhibition of Ms Blumenfeld's work.

Dr Blumenfeld, of Grantchester, Cambs, said: "I am absolutely delighted."

The artist, who is the vice president of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, said: "This piece was a labour of love for me and I was devastated when it disappeared in 2005.

We can never underestimate the monetary and emotional value of pieces like this to the art world
Det Con Michelle Roycroft

"The police have saved this work from being melted down and being lost forever to the art world and to me."

No one has been arrested in connection to the theft.

Det Con Michelle Roycroft, from the Metropolitan Police's Art and Antiques Unit said: "This is a significant recovery of valuable bronze sculpture.

"We can never underestimate the monetary and emotional value of pieces like this to the art world."


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