Where’s Bieber?

Toronto Star - - SPECIAL REPORT: PHOTO PORTFOLIO - ALANNA RIZZA STAFF REPORTER

A bul­let-rid­dled paint­ing of Justin Bieber has gone miss­ing, and per­haps stolen, af­ter mak­ing its de­but at a Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val event last week.

Vik­tor Mitic, known for shoot­ing a gun at his paint­ings, said he was no­ti­fied early last week that his art­work, ap­praised at $18,000, is miss­ing from the Camp­bell House Mu­seum at Queen St. W. and Univer­sity Ave.

“I got the email and I was like, ‘What the . . .? Was it stolen by Bieber fans or some­thing?’ I al­most thought it was a joke,” the Toronto artist said.

He said he had about 10 pieces in the week­long TIFF ex­hibit and that he was told on Tues­day that Green, shot up por­trait of Justin Bieber was miss­ing, as there was ini­tial con­fu­sion about who moved it.

Mitic said he’s been in touch with Camp­bell House, as well as the co­pro­duc­ers of the event, Au­jla Inc. and Mon­grel Me­dia, whom he said have been “very help­ful.” But as of Saturday, his paint­ing hasn’t been found.

Mitic said he’s “more in­ter­ested than up­set” his art­work dis­ap­peared since the event had hun­dreds of at­ten­dees mon­i­tored by se­cu­rity. He’s also cu­ri­ous as to how no one noticed it went miss­ing be­cause of the size of the paint­ing, which is 30 by 40 inches.

“I think this is just weird. It’s not the big­gest paint­ing but it is quite big, so this per­son is like a Hou­dini to have taken it and not been caught.”

VIK­TOR MITIC

Green, shot up por­trait of Justin Bieber went miss­ing from a TIFF ex­hibit.

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