One of the iconic eyeball masks worn by an avant garde band from the 1970s was stolen from the doorstep of a San Francisco resident.
The “Eyeball with Hat” mask is the well-known symbol used on an album cover and in photographs of The Residents. It was shipped to The City from a museum in Seattle on May 5, but never made it back into the owner’s hands.
Instead, police said someone signed for it using an illegible signature while the owner of the mask was out of town.
The mask, alongside the original photograph used as an album cover, was sent to San Francisco in a shipping crate through a major delivery company.
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