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Suburban Woman Selling Indian Heads That Once Adorned Merchandise Mart

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(CBS) – Two artifacts from one of Chicago’s most recognizable buildings have spent decades in a suburban back yard, and now the owner says it’s time for others to enjoy them.

When Karin Olsen Campia and her family bought their home in Lake Forest back in 1983, it came with two six-foot-tall Art Deco-styled Indian head busts that once ringed the top of Chicago’s iconic Merchandise Mart.

An art-deco Indian head which was formerly perched atop the Merchandise Mart. (Credit: Karin Olsen Campia)

An art-deco Indian head which was formerly perched atop the Merchandise Mart. (Credit: Karin Olsen Campia)

Campia tells WBBM they were shipped there in the early 60s by the house’s previous owner, who was an executive for Field Enterprises, the holding company owned by department store icon Marshall Field III.

In their 30-plus years in Lake Forest, the Campias’ unique lawn decorations have become well-known among their friends, and she says they fit perfectly in the courtyard of their home.

“They’re unique and … I’d have to say magnificent,” she says.

However, the Campias are selling their home, and she says she’d like to find a new owner for the heads before she moves on.

Woman Selling Indian Heads That Once Adorned Merchandise Mart

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“I wouldn’t mind having them go to a place where they would be enjoyed by more of the public,” she tells WBBM.

Campia says she’s not had more than brief contact with at least two interested parties, and she admits she’s not yet had them appraised.

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