Halifax Regional Police are urging whoever stole a bronze bust from the Dalhousie Art Centre over the weekend to turn their prize in before they’re, well, busted.

HRP spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said yesterday the people responsible for snatching the sculpture of Montreal pianist Ellen Ballon could face stiff penalties, potentially jail time, if they’re caught. But he said police hope the theft was nothing more than a childish prank and that the jokers will promptly return the valuable piece to its rightful owners.

Dalhousie University spokesman Charles Crosby couldn’t pinpoint how much money the bust is worth, but said “it’s the only piece of it’s kind in eastern Canada.” He said the unique piece by Sir Jacob Epstein was generously donated in 1971, adding “it’s got an enormous amount of sentimental value to it.”


Crosby said it’s believed the bust disappeared from its podium on the main floor some time late Friday night or Saturday. It weighs between 75 and 100 pounds and isn’t “the easiest thing in the world to lift,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Dalhousie security at 494-6400.

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