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Latino Daily News

Monday July 9, 2012

Salvador Dalí Painting Stolen From New York Gallery Returned via Mail

Salvador Dalí Painting Stolen From New York Gallery Returned via Mail

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In June, police began the search for a Salvador Dalí painting stolen from a New York gallery. However, before the search could prove successful, he gallery received an e-mail stating the painting, Cartel de Don Juan Tenirio, was already on its way back to the gallery.

When it arrived on Friday, June 29, investigators examined the piece and discovered the sender used both a fake name and address. The package was mailed from somewhere is Europe and was being authenticated.

Police speculate the painting was returned after the thief was unable to find a buying, likely due to media coverage of the theft. He painting had been missing since June 22.

The 1949 painting is worth roughly $150,000 and has been returned to the Venus of Manhattan gallery on New York City’s Upper East Side.