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Hess contacted the Capitol to make sure no one would be laying claim to the sculpture and “was assured the statute of limitations had run out.”

On Wednesday, the bust went on display at The Huntington, 12 miles northeast of Los Angeles. “It looks gorgeous. It’s a stunning thing,” Hess said.

The bust is signed and dated on the drapery on the left side.

If the bust had turned out to be fake, wouldn’t the publicity it has generated through the years have been enough to keep it on display?

“No way. We are not that kind of museum,” Hess said.