Markus Lüpertz’s Athena, a bronze sculpture that weighs more than five hundred pounds and is estimated to be worth several hundred thousands of euros, was taken from a foundry in Düsseldorf sometime between January 9 and January 11, reports the Westfälische Nachrichten. “He was shocked,” said the foundry’s owner about the artist. “Lüpertz has been our customer for forty years and one of my best friends. We poured hundreds of works for him.”
This is not the first time the artist has been a victim of theft. Three years ago, around thirty pieces of artincluding watercolors, drawings, and sculptureswere looted from his studio in Teltow, Brandenburg.