Andy Warhol’s Iconic ‘Campbell’s Soup’ Paintings Stolen From Museum; FBI Offers Reward
The FBI is offering a cash reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the recovery of seven paintings from Andy Warhol’s infamous “Campbell’s Soup” series, which were stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri last week.
The paintings, part of a 10-piece set worth $500,000, were taken after a break-in at the museum early on Thursday, April 7. The watercolors were painted by Warhol in 1968, and were acquired by the museum in 1985. The collection is Set 31 of Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I collection, and each painting in the collection is 37 inches high and 24.5 inches wide, framed in white.
An investigation into the theft has been launched by the FBI, but further details will not be released to the public. A specialized Art Crime division of the FBI, which investigates theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking across state and international lines,” has been dispatched to recover the works.
The museum’s Warhol exhibit,” The Electric Garden of Our Minds: British/American Pop,” has been closed until further notice.
In a statement, the Springfield Art Museum noted that the theft of the Warhol paintings “feels like the loss of a family member.” Members of the public with information about the stolen artwork are asked to contact the Springfield Police or the Springfield FBI office.