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Margaret Keane’s Stolen Work of Art Is Finally Going Back to Its Original Owners

28.07.2021
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Margaret Keane’s Stolen Work of Art Is Finally Going Back to Its Original Owners

A work of art, painted by famous artist Margaret Keane, was stolen from a dental clinic in Honolulu approximately 50 years ago. And today the painting was finally given to a representative of the original owners.

Heritage Auctions, which is the largest art auction house based in the United States, returned Eyes on You to Robert Wittmann during a press conference. Back in 2020, it was sold for 35,000 dollars by a family who acquired the painting in the 1980s. Heritage has never known that it was stolen.

The original family has been searching for the work of art for 5 decades, as it meant a lot for them. The thing is that father worked with the artist and gave Keane a picture of his 7-year-old daughter. And the oil painting features her on it in the center as a child. Keene is known for her style of depicting objects with huge eyes. Now, the family is grateful that it will finally return home. According to the information, the owners will receive the painting this weekend.

In 1972, the child’s father who then served as a dentist brought the painting to work. He and other staff went to lunch, leaving the door unlocked. When they returned, the work wasn’t in the waiting room anymore. It was gone.

This April, they discovered that the work had been auctioned in December and contacted the house. Heritage provided the buyer of the painting with a full refund.

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