Lorax Statue Swiped From Dr. Seuss Widow

Thieves grabbed bronze statue from Audrey Geisel's estate

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 28, 2012 8:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – Some Grinch has made off with Dr. Seuss' very own Lorax: Thieves apparently stole a two-foot, 300-pound bronze statue of the creature from the garden of Theodore Geisel's 90-year-old widow over the weekend, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It’s a valuable piece because there are only two of them, and it’s an iconic figure," says the property manager of Audrey Geisel's La Jolla estate, who noticed the statue missing Monday morning. "You can't sell it on eBay," he warns. "If you return it, we won’t press any charges."

The statue was one of two made by Audrey Geisel's sculptor daughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who made one for the family and one for Theodore Geisel's memorial in his Massachusetts hometown. "I want very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs," says Dimond-Cates. "Wherever he is, he’s scared, lonely, and hungry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet." Her big fear? "I hope he hasn’t been taken across the border into Tijuana for scrap."

The Lorax, voiced by Danny Devito, in a scene from "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)
Audrey Geisel, the widow of Theodore Geisel, poses with The Cat In The Hat and Thing One and Two at a ceremony honoring Dr Seuss with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 11, 2004.   (Getty Images)
Audrey Geisel , admires a statue of her late husband at the newly opened Dr. Suess Memorial Sculpture Garden, May 31, 2001 in Springfield, Mass.   (Getty Images)
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