Stolen Dali Returned—via Mail

And it was sent from Europe, no less

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 30, 2012 7:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – Weird: a thief stole a $150,000 drawing by Salvador Dali last week by just taking it off the wall of an NYC gallery and strolling out. Weirder: It was returned via mail, from Europe. The BBC reports that the Venus Over Manhattan gallery was sent a cryptic-sounding email earlier this week that said the drawing was "on its way back to you already." And Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio did indeed turn up, having been sent by way of express mail from a fake European address. The gallery plans to now have it authenticated.

This image provided by the New York Police Department shows a 1949 Salvador Dali painting, called Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio.
This image provided by the New York Police Department shows a 1949 Salvador Dali painting, called "Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio."   (AP Photo/New York Police Department)
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