Warhol piece among high-priced art stolen in Detroit
A 3-foot-by-3-foot silkscreen Andy Warhol used to make "Flowers" prints was stolen last month, the FBI says.
May 22nd, 2012
08:11 PM ET

Warhol piece among high-priced art stolen in Detroit

FBI agents are trying to determine who stole 19 pieces of high-priced art, including an Andy Warhol silkscreen, from a Detroit business.

The art - worth millions of dollars, according to CNN affiliate WDIV - was taken between April 27 and April 29 from a business owned by an art collector in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, the FBI said Tuesday. The agency didn't name the business or the owner.

The collection includes a 1960s silkscreen that Warhol used to make “Flowers” prints, according to the FBI.  The other pieces of art, including paintings and drawings, were done by Larry Rivers, Francesco Clemente, Philip Taaffe, Joseph Beuys and Peter Schuyff.

Investigators suspect that the thief or thieves “may have already crossed state lines, if not left the country, in an effort to sell them,”  FBI spokesman Simon Shaykhet said.

“We’re putting a message out to art dealers, pawn shop owners, and anyone dealing in art to be aware of it,” Shaykhet said.

The art was neither locked up nor on display, the FBI said.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for the pieces’ recovery. They have been entered into the FBI’s national stolen art database.

Up to $6 billion worth of art is stolen each year, according to the FBI.

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  1. Johnny America

    Michigan is a worthless place. The story should be about how many people are fleeing that sinking ship every year.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |

      Michigan rocks.................

      May 23, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • weezer

      Apparently, you're too stupid to read, as well. Michigan is not only one of the most beautiful States in the Union, but it's where the jobs are now. We're driving the economic recovery moron. The auto industry is more than 10% of the US economy, and it's doing gang-busters. If the rest of the country would get off its &ss we would all be doing great.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Waterstar

      It's just Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw that's sinking really, not everywhere in Michigan sucks.

      May 23, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • The517

      Johnny Un-America,

      I'm a proud, life-long resident of Michigan and it's unfortunate that there are people like you out there that have no faith in the region of our country that made it possible for the rest of the country to be what it is today. Without the likes of the Fords, the Firestones, the Dodge family etc... where would you be? To insult an entire state for the fact that some dirt-bag stole a few works of art is unexcusable, and unless you've actually been here to experience the things that make this state a great place to live... keep your worthless opinions to yourself.

      May 23, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Michigan is not worthless and your comment is both ignorant and offensive.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chibidw

    They should have known better than to keep anything in Detroit that's more valuable than what you can buy at the convenience store.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andy Michaels

    Worst thing ever for me was going to u of m for grad school then getting stuck in detroit. Best thing ever was getting out of Michigan. Se Michigan is depressing. Grey. Cloudy. Blech.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Rafael

      U of M has a great reputation. I wasn't aware, however, that they admitted morons.

      May 23, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      dont call Michigan depressing if u never left the metro detroit area, because you clearly have no idea what you are talking about

      May 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mickey1313

    Couldn't this collection buy most of Detroit? Why would you keep priceless stuff in a place where you can buy a house for the cost of a Honda civic?

    May 23, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      That is not true. My childhood home just sold for $5,000. A civic will run at least $15,000.

      May 23, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. heyheyhey

    Who would want to steal his garbage blahhh I find nothing spectacular about his art.

    May 23, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. monicawarhol

    I hope no one steals me.. if they do, I hope someone at least gets it on tape. ... I tend to stay inside.. but my art work, it can go outside. Doesn't everyone steal "WARHOL"- it's just the prints that seem to get the attention. Andy talked about how to put his "WARHOL ON" .. I never got the option to take it off. So I accessorize. -M Warhol

    May 23, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charlie

    They didn't have this behind glass? Who ever stole this will be able to buy a lot of crack now!

    May 23, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rialto350

    Hey Rafael, they admitted you, right? Seriously though, the items were not locked up, or on display, so whomever made off with them either knew what were taking, or had aid from someone who did.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    "The art – worth millions of dollars, according to CNN affiliate WDIV – was taken between April 27 and April 29"
    "A $5,000 reward is being offered for the pieces’ recovery."

    Yeah, I'm motivated to help!

    May 23, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    And if it were exactly the same, atom for atom, but made by some nobody named Randy Harwol, it would be sitting unsold for 99 cents at the Goodwill.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. 666667

    Eh...Detroit huh? No surprise there.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Liebster Welpe

    Crime does pay

    May 23, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Thank you @ the 517, michigan is beautiful, especially if youre a nature buff! Awesome canoeing the AuSable river, and beautiful inland lakes such as higgins and houghton lakes. Fishing is awesome, especially lake margrethe, and T.C.is gorgeous! Go MICH!

    May 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cindy

    How sad!!! But it sounds like a inside job!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Greek American

    Hahaha, come on now people. You are the types that us Michiganders all hate. The people that can't seem to face the reality of this state. Please accept reality along with the sad state of affairs that this state is in, especially Wayne County and Detroit. And yes I have lived here all my life.

    May 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
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