Stolen de Kooning returns to US museum (ctd.)

September 11 2017

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Picture: New York Times

I mentioned recently the case of a stolen de Kooning painting that had been returned to the University of Arizona. Now police are trying to figure out how it was stolen in the first place, and according to William K. Rashbaum in the New York Times they are trying to determine if:

[...] the heist was engineered by a retired New York City schoolteacher — something of a renaissance man — who donned women’s clothing and took his son along as his accomplice, and then hung the masterwork in the bedroom of his own rural New Mexico home, where it remained.

In other words, they are examining whether he stole a painting now valued at in excess of $100 million simply so he could enjoy it.

The teacher, Jerome Alter, and his wife, Rita, both died at 81, he in 2012 and she earlier this summer.

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