Stolen Salvador Dali Painting Returned -- By Mail
The "Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio" painting is valued at $150,000
"Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio" by Salvador Dali (1949)
The 1949 painting "Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio" was taken June 19 from the Venus Over Manhattan gallery by a man posing as a potential customer, according to a police statement. It is valued at $150,000.
On Friday, New York police picked up the painting at customs and returned the artwork to the gallery, Lt. John Grimpel said.
"The gallery believes it to be the original painting," Grimpel said. He added that the piece appeared to be in good shape, though it was returned without its frame.
Adam Lindemann, owner of the artwork, confirmed receipt of the painting from overseas.
"We've received the work, sent to us from Greece," Lindemann said. "We have not had our conservators examine it yet."
Police do not have any suspects in the case, Grimpel said.
The thief is believed to have removed the painting from its mount before placing it in a shopping bag and leaving.
Surveillance video shows a thin, balding man walking out of the gallery with the bag in hand.