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January 28, 2010

Team moves massive statue from NY backyard

EAST HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — A 25-ton marble statue of a horse on a pedestal is leaving a backyard on Long Island.

The current owners say the 33-foot-high statue came with the house in East Hills. The family is moving and donated the 100-year-old statue to the Town of North Hempstead.

A crew of movers spent six hours Wednesday dismantling the massive artwork. They say it will take at least another day to remove the limestone pedestal, designed by famed American architect Stanford White.

The statue is a copy of the "Horses of Marly" statues on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The backyard statue was one of a pair of statues commissioned by wealthy financier Clarence Mackay in 1910 for his Harbor Hill estate.

The other statue was moved to Roslyn High School in the 1950s.

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