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A stolen artwork recovered by the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD Seeks to Restitute Artwork Recovered from 1993 Hollywood Theft

The Los Angeles Police Department has found a trove of antiques and artworks, including pieces by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, that have been missing since a series of thefts that took place in Hollywood in 1993, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Two individuals involved in the spree were captured at the time, but it wasn’t until this summer, when a Southern California auctioneer tipped off the police about recognizing some of the stolen items listed on the LAPD’s website, that the authorities executed four search warrants throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties to recover more than one hundred stolen paintings, documents, and other valuables.

“We are in the process of identifying the specific art, artists, and how much it might be worth,” captain Lillian Carranza, head of the LAPD’s commercial crimes division, told the Los Angeles Times. Police are working with experts at the J. Paul Getty Museum to appraise and catalogue the works, which, in addition to prints, drawings, and paintings, include furniture, weapons, and documents signed by presidents Ronald Reagan and Howard Taft.  

The auctioneer, believed to be a relative of one of the original suspects, had some of the items in his possession; it is unclear whether they were aware of the works’ provenance.

The LAPD has a website with images of the recovered items and is encouraging people who recognize any of the works listed to contact the department.