Major Art Theft in Springfield, Missouri

Warhol cans

A number of paintings by Andy Warhol have been stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri, including an unknown quantity of his Campbell Soup Cans series of works. The theft occurred overnight on Wednesday April 6th; the museum had been in possession of the paintings since their donation in 1985. Both the FBI and INTERPOL have been alerted to the theft of the works, estimated to be worth as much as about $30,000 USD each. According to KSDK News, “As part of an accreditation process, the museum has been working on an emergency preparedness plan for the last six months … part of that process has been to review the museum’s security systems.” They news agency continued that “the new emergency preparedness plan has not yet been completed.”

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