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Stolen painting worth $165M found at Silver City estate sale

KOB.com Web Staff
November 09, 2017 10:27 PM

SILVER CITY, N.M. -- New video shows museum employees overcome with emotion as an expensive painting stolen decades ago is authenticated as the real deal.

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The work by Willem de Kooning called the "Woman-Ochre," was taken from the University of Arizona's Museum of Art in 1985.  An antique store owner recently found it at a Silver City estate sale.

The painting is worth about $165 million. When the store owner realized exactly what he got his hands on, he contacted the museum.

"I'm just overwhelmed by the honesty and the goodness of the people who found the painting, and did the right thing right away," said Olivia Miller, curator of exhibits and education. "They wanted it back to the museum as soon as possible."

As for who stole the painting, that remains a mystery.

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