Warhol Collection Stolen From LA Home

$1 million reward offered after fortune in original Warhol art vanishes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2009 5:58 AM CDT
This image provided by the LAPD shows a reward poster issued for stolen works of art by Andy Warhol in Los Angeles.    (AP Photo/LAPD)

(Newser) – A multi-million dollar collection of portraits by Andy Warhol has been stolen from a prominent collector's home, the Los Angeles Times reports. Former investment banker Richard Weisman's housekeeper discovered that The Athletes series of 11 portraits—worth as much as a million a pop—had vanished when she entered the home last Wednesday. There were no signs of forced entry and other artworks, including other Warhols, were undisturbed.

The collection includes portraits of Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as well as Weisman himself, who commissioned the series from Warhol, a pal, in the late '70s. Police say they have no leads on suspects in the case, and an anonymous source has offered $1 million for information leading to the return of the artwork.