The Salvador Dali water-colour – Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio – stolen from a New York City gallery last week has been mailed back in pristine condition.
Earlier this week the gallery received a brief email message by an unknown person, saying Cartel de Don Juan Tenirio is “on its way back to you already”.
The message clearly raised hope that the 1949 ink and watercolour piece may be returned.
Deputy New York Police Commissioner John McCarthy said the package was mailed from a location in Europe, and bore a fake address and sender address. Deputy Commissioner McCarthy said via statement that police detectives took possession of the painting from postal inspectors at John F. Kennedy International Airport when it arrived in New York on Thursday.
It was returned on Friday to the gallery, where it is being authenticated.
A spokesman for the gallery, which opened just this year on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side, has declined to comment.
A second police source has speculated that publicity surrounding the theft had complicated efforts to sell the painting on the black market.