|Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio by Salvador Dali|
Last June, in broad daylight, Phivos Istavrioglou walked into the gallery, pulled the painting off the wall and put it in his shopping bag – in front of security cameras and leaving fingerprints in the process. Once photos of him from the security cameras started to circulate, Istavrioglou was scared into removing the picture from its frame, rolling it up and sending it back to New York.
Istavrioglou has pleaded not guilty to grand larceny. Bail has been set at $100,000 (£65,000).
Source: New York Post, 19 February 2013, The Guardian, 20 February 2013