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Statue of winged lion to return to its isle perch

GALVESTON — The return of a lion statue at one of the island’s grandest mansions is perhaps more mysterious than its disappearance.

An unnamed person late last month directed island preservations to the whereabouts of a 3-foot-tall, 80-pound cast zinc statue of a winged lion stolen more than two years ago from the historic Bishop’s Palace, 1403 Broadway.

The statue was one in a pair that had adorned the front steps of the Bishop’s Palace since it was built in 1893.

The theft baffled officials with the Galveston Historical Foundation, which maintains and operates the mansion owned by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Foundation officials have declined to divulge many details about the lion’s return.

“The statue was found and purchased by an anonymous donor who notified GHF and made it available to staff,” it said.

Officials would not address rumors the statue was recovered from the Austin area.

With no leads and so much time passing, the historical foundation despaired of ever again seeing the lion.

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Statue of winged lion to return to its isle perch.

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