A Salvador Dali drawing that was stolen last week from a New York gallery has been returned – from Europe, by post.
Security footage showed a man take the 11in by 14in (28cm by 35cm) drawing off the wall at a new gallery and place it in a shopping bag. The Venus Over Manhattan gallery said it received an email days ago saying that Cartel de Don Juan Tenirio was “on its way back to you already”.
The drawing was sent from Europe with a bogus address by express mail. It was in pristine condition, and postal inspectors intercepted it when it arrived at John F Kennedy Airport on Friday before it could be sent out for delivery.
The gallery will now authenticate the $150,000 (£96,027) drawing.
Second Smile looks at new tendencies in figuration with a surrealist bent. Including loans of classical surrealist works, the exhibition focuses on what parts of the surrealist project are compelling for artists today and in what ways these distinctions of movements are being dissolved.