FBI offers $25k reward for Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup painting heist

Campbell’s Soup I collection is valued at approximately $500,000.

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The FBI today said it was offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the recovery of seven Andy Warhol paintings stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri.

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The collection, which has been owned by the Springfield Art Museum since 1985, is set number 31 of the Campbell’s Soup I collection and is valued at approximately $500,000. Each painting in the screen print collection measures 37 inches high by 24.5 inches wide and framed in white frames, the FBI stated. The FBI says that seven of 10 Andy Warhol paintings Campbell’s Soup I collection, made in 1968, were taken.

According to the museum’s website: The Springfield Police Department is actively investigating a commercial burglary that occurred at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 W. Brookside, between the hours of 5:30 p.m. on April 6 and 8:45 a.m. on April 7. No other details have been released on the theft.

Since its inception, the FBI’s Art Crime Team has recovered more than 2,650 items valued at over $150 million. It keep a Top 10 Art Crimes list, among them Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist which attracted a lot of attention last year when the FBI surfaced a video it said was captured by Museum security cameras 24 hours before the heist on March 18, 1990.

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Since 2013, a $5 million reward has been offered by the museum for information that leads directly to the recovery of all of the stolen items in good condition.

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