Couple hides R3 billion stolen painting for 30-years in their bedroom

Couple hides R3 billion stolen painting for 30-years in their bedroom

A couple managed to hide a stolen Willem de Kooning’s painting, which is worth $160-million or R3 billion, for three decades without getting caught.

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To an outsider, Jerry and Rita Alter would have appeared as a normal family living an ordinary life in Cliff, New Mexico.

However, little did anyone know the couple was hiding the R3 billion Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” masterpiece behind their bedroom door.

The famous painting was stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson 33-years-ago, Lowvelder reported.

And, to add to the unravelling mystery, Jerry and Rita matched the sketches of the notorious thieves of more than three decades ago.

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However, Briefly.co.za learned neither of the two would face any jail time since the painting was only recovered after the last of them died last year.

The expensive piece of artwork was found after a small-town antique shop purchased it for $2000, which is an estimated R26 800, from an auction of the estate.

Upon discovery that it was the missing Willem de Kooning’s painting, the shop’s owner contacted the FBI and the artwork was returned to University of Arizona Museum of Art after three decades.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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