Vandals behead Greek statue at San Francisco museum

San Francisco's Legion of Honor museum at night.
San Francisco's Legion of Honor museum at night. Photo credit Getty Images

San Francisco’s iconic Legion of Honor museum suffered a blow last week after a 90-year-old Greek statue was damaged by vandals, according to reporting by KGO.

The statue is located on the museum’s grounds, and depicts the Greek God Laocoon and his two sons. The heads of the sons were destroyed, and part of Laocoon’s leg was damaged.

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"This is really sad, this is a loss to the museum and people of San Francisco because this is a piece of art that's been vandalized wantonly," said Legion of Honor European Arts and Sculpture Curator Martin Chapman in an interview with the station.

The statue is a reproduction of a Vatican piece. It was given to the Legion of Honor in 1930, the station reported.

While the San Francisco Police Department is investigating, none of the museum’s security cameras caught the perpetrators on film.

Although the statue can be fixed, it’s not a simple process. "What we would like to do is recover the missing parts most essential and restore the object," Chapman told the station.

SFPD and the Legion of Honor did not respond to KCBS Radio’s request for comment at the time of publication.