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Dali painting stolen from Manhattan gallery

By Nina Melendez, CNN
updated 12:49 PM EDT, Fri June 22, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police are searching for a thief who lifted an original Salvador Dali painting
  • The painting is valued at $150,000
  • Thief is believed to have removed painting from its mount and placed it in shopping bag

New York (CNN) -- Police are searching for a thief who lifted an original Salvador Dali painting, valued at $150,000, from a Manhattan art gallery.

The 1949 painting, "Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio," was taken Tuesday from the Venus Over Manhattan gallery by a man posing as a potential customer, according to a police statement

The thief is believed to have removed the painting from its mount and placed it in a shopping bag before leaving.

Surveillance video shows a thin, balding man walking out of the gallery with the bag in hand.

Gallery owner Adam Lindemann was not immediately available for comment.

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