Couple tries to steal Basquiat painting from Manhattan gallery

Two would-be art thieves tried to steal a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from a gallery in Chelsea earlier this month, police said.

The attempted robbery happened on the evening of May 14 at the Taglialatella Galleries, the NYPD said on Wednesday.

The suspects — a young man and woman with a European accent — entered the 10th Avenue display case just before 5:30 p.m. and attempted to swipe the unidentified Basquiat, police said.

The NYPD valued the work at $45,000. Paintings by the late Manhattan street artist and counterculture icon regularly sell for eight figures, and one of his works fetched a record $110 million at auction in 2017.

The gallery’s exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure is touted by the curators as “a retrospective of Basquiat’s work, organized by his sisters and featuring over 200 never-before-seen pieces.”

The two suspects were last seen leaving the gallery empty-handed, security footage showed. Couple tries to steal Basquiat painting from Manhattan gallery


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