L.A. police seek 9 Warhol prints stolen from business

Associated Press

Los Angeles — Police are looking for nine Andy Warhol prints they say were stolen from a Los Angeles business and replaced with copies.

The Los Angeles Times says the silk-screen prints, signed by Warhol and valued at $350,000, apparently were stolen from the fourth floor of a commercial business sometime in the past three years.

But according to a police affidavit, the owners didn’t notice the switch until two prints were taken to a West Adams shop for reframing.

Police said that in July, the shop owner discovered the art was fake. The color copies were fuzzy and didn’t carry Warhol’s signature.

The LAPD’s Art Theft Detail is investigating the theft.

Police say at least one of the real prints may have been sold through an auction house.