After more than 30 years, the Torlonia Peplophoros is going home.
The marble Roman statue of a headless woman wearing a body-length garment called a peplos, or peplum, was stolen along with 14 other items from the Villa Torlonia in Rome on Nov. 11, 1983.
The statue was imported to the U.S. by the owner of a New York gallery owner in the late 1990s and sold in 2001 for about $75,000.
After the buyer tried to sell the Torlonia Peplophoros to a city auction house, it was discovered the statue had been stolen. The buyer voluntarily handed the statue over the FBI late last year.
At a special ceremony at the New York Historical Society on Central Park West on Wednesday afternoon, Deputy U.S. Attorney Joon Kim is expected to formally return the Torlonia Peplophoros to Italy, a press release said.
It is unknown whether the statue will return to theVilla Torlonia.
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The Villa Torlonia was purchased by Vatican banker Giovanni Torlonia in 1797 and remained in his family until 1977. Benito Mussolini used the Villa as his personal residence from 1925-1943.
Afterward, the home was maintained by the Municipality of Rome and contained various works of art and other cultural items that were available for public viewing.