Have you seen this angler lately? If you have, you’re either the mastermind behind a major art heist, or you need to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS pronto. According to this story in the Huffington Post, the original version of this classic Norman Rockwell painting, titled “Sport,” was stolen from a Queens, NY, art storage facility some time before September 13.
From the story: “Sport” was only recently on the bidding block this year, sold to an unnamed buyer at Sotheby’s for $1,085,000. Police have not identified the current owner of the painting or explained why the large work was hiding in a storage space, but the NYPD is asking for the public’s help in determining the whereabouts of the pricey piece…
The New York Times spoke with Jonathan Stuart, the son of Rockwell’s longtime art director at The Saturday Evening Post, about the theft. “How are they going to sell something that was just publicly sold for $1 million?” he stated. “If someone came to me with that, I’d call Sotheby’s or the police.”
So keep your eyes peeled, everyone. If you walk into the tackle shop tomorrow and old Billy behind the counter is suddenly yakking about the new painting over the minnow tank, make sure you take a look. Have a great weekend.