Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio

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Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio is a 1949 painting by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí.[1] It is perhaps best known for its theft and return.

The painting achieved international coverage when it was stolen from the month-old Venus Over Manhattan gallery in New York City.[2] Valued at $150,000, the painting was discovered missing from the gallery in New York's Upper East Side on June 19, 2012.[3]

In spite of the presence of a security guard, a man wearing a checked shirt left the gallery with the painting hidden in a shopping bag at about 4 p.m. "We had him on tape and I don't know why the security guard didn't notice it. He was in the gallery for 14 minutes," said gallery owner Adam Lindemann.[3]

In spite of the successful theft, the drawing was mailed back to the gallery from Greece. It was intercepted on June 29, 2012, at New York's JFK airport before it went through customs and returned for the last day of the 10-day show.[3]


  1. ^ "Man charged with stealing Salvador Dali painting". BBC News. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "$150,000 Salvador Dali painting stolen from New York City art gallery". MSNBC. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b c Newcomb, Alyssa (30 June 2012). "Stolen Salvador Dali Drawing Mysteriously Returned by Mail". ABC News. Retrieved 2012-12-21.