30 years later, museum gets stolen piece back:
More than three decades after thieves made off with a valuable painting from the University of Arizona Museum of Art, officials said they have recovered the piece from an antiques dealer in New Mexico. Curators at the museum that was home to Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” spent years hoping to get it back after two people stole it the day after Thanksgiving in 1985. That dream came true when David Van Auker called the museum from Silver City, N.M. Marketing Manager Gina Compitello-Moore said Auker bought the painting at an estate sale. He later began researching it and read an article about the heist that depicted an identical-looking piece.