The painting of Salvador Dali “Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio”, stolen last week from a gallery in Manhattan, New York, has been sent back to the owners by post.
Robbers have returned watercolor and ink canvas Salvador Dali’s “Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio” to the New York art-gallery The Venus Over Manhattan. The artwork is now hanging safely in place, as it was sent back to the gallery through a post parcel. The packet was sent to the US from Europe, but the name and address of the sender were found to be fake, reports Reuters, citing police sources.
As per reports, in the beginning of this week the art gallery received an email sent from an unknown person claiming that the Dali painting was on its way. On Friday night, police came across a parcel at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York and handed over it to the owners of gallery.
Now owners of the gallery are trying to establish whether the returned copy of painting is original or a fake one. Condition of this 1949 painting is good, and seems to be the same as before theft. Investigators believe that the thieves decided to return this canvas artwork owing to hype around its theft. According to a source in police, media attention to the disappearance of painting considerably restricted the ability of thieves to sell it in the black market.
As earlier reported, on June 19, the famous watercolor “Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio” estimated to be costing 150 thousand dollars was stolen from the gallery The Venus Over Manhattan. According to CCTV recording an unknown middle-aged man, dressed in chequered shirt walked into the gallery and simply took the picture off the wall. Thereafter he left the gallery with the painting hidden in a black bag. “Connoisseur” of the painting did not have any problem with the watchful eyes of security cameras installed in the premise.
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