A 1949 artwork by Salvador Dali, on display at The Venus Over Manhattan art gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City was stolen. This was the gallery’s very first exhibition. The 11-inch watercolor “Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio,” is valued at $150,000. The theft occurred around 4:15 p.m. on June 19. The theft has been kept secret from the media until today. The thief who appeared to be a customer very tactfully removed the watercolor and ink painting from the wall and made away with it hidden away in a black bag. The gallery’s security cameras caught images of the thief as he entered the gallery carrying the black bag and also as he left the gallery. The watercolor can be seen in the bag. Adam Lindemann, the owner of The Venus Over Manhattan who is billionaire art collector and radio station moghul, has made no comment so far. NYPD is still searching for the thief
June 30, 2012
The Salvador Dali drawing stolen from a New York gallery has been returned from Europe, by express mail. US Postal Inspection Service says a stolen painting was mailed back to New York and intercepted at Kennedy International Airport. Donna Harris spokeswoman for the Postal Inspection Service said the gallery received an email this week that said the painting had been sent back. A tracking number was included. The gallery immediately contacted police, and the painting was intercepted on Friday. No arrests have been made.