Category Archive 'Art Thefts'

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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