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MISSING SCULPTURE PARTS TURN UP IN SCRAP YARD

"The Ides of March" -- a bronze sculpture that somehow lost some of its pieces -- is whole again.

Three sections of the four-piece work by artist Philip Pavia, reported missing on March 23, turned up this week at a Bronx scrap yard. Police said Friday they were trying to determine if they were stolen or taken by accident.

Commissioned in the early 1960s, the 3,000-pound work was displayed outside the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue for two decades before being moved to the lobby of the Hippodrome building. It was stored there when the three pieces disappeared.

Police said a man who claimed he had permission to remove scrap metal from the Hippodrome took the pieces and sold them to the scrap yard.

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