The people responsible for taking a $10,000 Mondyne Joe sculpture from a Hamilton Hill artist’s front yard say they thought it was a part of a verge collection.
The metal sculpture was taken from the verge of artist Len Zuks’ home a week ago, with neighbours witnessing five men load it onto a trailer.
After seeing 7NEWS’ coverage of the story, those who took it realised their mistake.
“The guy saw the story and he came and knocked on my door,” Mr Zuks said.
“I put my arms around him and embraced him. I said thanks mate.”
Mr Zuks is just happy he has his sculpture back in time for its exhibition in February.