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Warhol Art Stolen: Thieves Take Print of Tomato Soup Can, Leave Pepper Pot

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Apr 2016 12:39 PM

Andy Warhol art prints stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri last week are some of the "most expensive and sought-after" works from the iconic artist, an art dealer said Tuesday.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, seven Warhol prints were taken from the museum in the early morning hours of April 7. Springfield Police Department Capt. Vance Holland and museum director Nick Nelson said in a news conference Monday that they had no new leads into who took the prints.

"'Tomato Soup' is the most expensive and sought-after" of the 1968 "Campbell's Soup I" series, Gul Coskun, of Coskun Fine Art, told the News-Leader. "'Chicken Noodle' is the second-most-desirable work.

On Monday, the FBI announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of artwork.

"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," the FBI statement said. "Each painting in the screen print collection measures 37 inches high by 24.5 inches wide and are framed in white frames."

According to the FBI, the stolen prints include the prints of the beef, vegetable, tomato, onion, green pea, chicken noodle and black bean cans. Pepper pot, cream of mushroom and consommé (beef), were left behind.

"For those of us who work at the museum and in Springfield's art community, the theft of these iconic Warhol prints that the museum has had in our permanent collection for 30 years feels like the loss of a family member," Nelson said in a museum statement Tuesday. "We appreciate any assistance the public can provide to law enforcement to ensure the return of these treasured pieces of art."

The FBI stated that individuals with information about the crime can contact them directly at their Springfield office 417-882-3303 or the Springfield Police Department TIPS line at 417-869-TIPS.

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