U of Arizona Publicizes Theft of Painting 30 Years Ago

November 30, 2015

The University of Arizona Museum of Art marked an anniversary of sorts this weekend, but not an event the institution wants to celebrate. On the day after Thanksgiving in 1985, two thieves walked off with "Woman-Ochre" (at right), by Willem de Kooning, a work that could be worth up to $160 million. The museum wants to keep the theft in people's minds, hoping to prompt a lead. The university is retelling the story of the theft, in which a man apparently made off with the work while a woman, his presumed partner, distracted a security guard.

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