05 Aug 2018

A Successful Caper


The Alters.

The Washington Post reports that after a quiet middle-class couple passed away one after the other in their 80s, a Willem DeKooning painting stolen more than 30 years earlier from a University Museum in Tucson was discovered hanging in their bedroom, “positioned in such a way that you couldn’t see it unless you were inside with the door shut.”

I think the estimated value of that painting resembles the estimated street-value of some federally-seized drug shipment. $160 million? For that painting? Give us a break!

The Alters look like a fun couple, and in the end, it seems, they only borrowed the painting for a while.

Willem DeKooning, Woman-Ochre, University of Arizona Museum.

HT: Lisa Schiffren.

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About 30 years ago a man stole a book from the U of O library in Oregon and got caught. A search of his home found thousands of rare books that had been stolen from libraries and other places over his lifetime.

steve walsh

How many people would have identified it had it been mounted in their living room? Not this guy!


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