30 years later, mu­seum gets stolen piece back:

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

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.

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