April 16, 2024
Andy Warhol Mao portraits on show. Screenshot of ARTNews Fb submit

Orange Coast School officers are interesting Wednesday to the particular person or individuals who walked off with the school’s Andy Warhol print of Mao Zedong to drop it off at a police station, saying no questions will probably be requested.

“If somebody has it and returns it we gained’t ask a complete lot of questions,” Doug Bennett, government director of the school’s basis, mentioned. “If it reveals up on the doorstep of the police station, that’s wonderful.”

The print, which was 187 out of 215, was seen lacking on March 13, when the performing director of the school’s artwork gallery was doing a routine stock, Bennett mentioned. The influential twentieth Century artist signed the print in ballpoint pen, Bennett added.

The disappearance prompted a spherical of “inside inquiries” to see if somebody had moved it or one thing else occurred with it, Bennett mentioned.

The muse reported the print lacking to police on March 20, he mentioned.

The print was locked up in a vault that solely a handful of individuals had a key card for, Bennett mentioned.

“I’m the chief director of the muse and I don’t have a key card to the vault, or noticed a motive to have one,” Bennett mentioned.

The print was donated to the school in September of 2020, Bennett mentioned. At the moment it was appraised at $50,000, he mentioned.

The donor who gave it to the muse acquired it in 1974, Bennett mentioned.

“It wasn’t extensively recognized that we had it,” Bennett mentioned. “However individuals did discuss it.”

Basis officers wished to alert the general public concerning the lacking print within the hopes that whoever has it’d simply convey it again to the school or drop it off on the police station, Bennett mentioned.

— Metropolis Information Service