Thief Steals Dali Painting in Brazen Daytime New York Heist
An audacious thief posing as an art lover snatched a Salvador Dali watercolor and ink painting worth an estimated $150,000 from a New York private art gallery this week, police said Friday.
The man walked into the Venus Over Manhattan art gallery on Madison Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, posing as a "potential customer."
"He removed the painting and he fled," a police spokeswoman told Agence France Presse.
Video surveillance cameras showed the man, in his mid-30s to mid-40s, wearing a black and white shirt and jeans, casually walking out with the painting sticking out of a shopping bag.
Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali's 1949 "Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio" was on display as part of the gallery's debut exhibition, which opened in May.