Surreal tale of Dali's prison break-out
When the list of suspects is drawn up, there will be no shortage of names.
A sketch by Salvador Dali, the Spanish master of Surrealism,worth at least $500,000 (£315,000) has been stolen from under the noses of prison guards on Rikers Island in New York.
Dali drew it in 1965 for Anna Moscowitz Kross, a Correction Department commissioner, as an apology after he was forced to cancel a visit intended to support a programme for art in prison.
The sketch of Jesus on the cross was kept in a locked display case at the jail for years, first in the dining room and later in the lobby. But workers realised on Saturday that it had been replaced by a copy. Tom Antenen, a Correction Department spokesman, said: "It is something that they see every day and something didn't look right about it yesterday."
An appraisal in the 1980s concluded the work was worth at least $175,000, but, more recently, experts suggested the value was at least three times that figure.
Dali, who died in 1989, sent a message to the artists of Rikers Island with his drawing. "You are artists. Don't think of your life as finished for you. With art, you have always to feel free," he wrote.
- 1 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 2 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 3 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 The jihadi girls who went to Syria weren't just radicalised by Isis — they were groomed
Stephen Hawking's wife Jane Wilde on their marriage breakdown: 'The family were left behind'
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
Someone has actually got a tattoo of that dress
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
White and gold or blue and black – what colour is the dress? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitm...
£7 - £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This high quality thread manufacturer ba...
£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...
£40000 per annum + realistic targets: Ashdown Group: A thriving recruitment co...