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Stolen Salvador Dali painting returned by post

02 July '12 by the editors

A Salvador Dali drawing that was stolen last week from The Venus Over Manhattan gallery In New York has been returned – from Europe, by post.

"Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio” the watercolor-and-gouache drawing, created in 1949 is valued at $150,000 (£96,027 or €120,000). The Venus Over Manhattan gallery, which opened its doors in May, is owned by art collector Adam Lindemann. The drawing was one of two Dalí works in Mr. Lindemann’s first exhibition. The thief managed to take it off the wall and carry it out in a black shopping bag.

Inspection service spokeswoman Donna Harris tells The New York Times the gallery received an email last week that said the painting had been sent back to the owners. A tracking number was included. The gallery contacted the police. The drawing was sent from Europe and intercepted when it arrived at John F Kennedy Airport on Friday.

No arrests have been made.

Read also: 24/06/2012: Drawing by Dalí stolen from Manhattan gallery


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