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Published on May 25, 2024
FBI Pittsburgh Urges Public to Help Locate Stolen Andy Warhol Artworks, Including Iconic Soup Can PrintsSource: Willis Lam, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The FBI is hunting down a collection of missing Andy Warhol artworks, including iconic Campbell's Soup prints, and they're rallying the public for assistance, officials stated. The sought-after pieces, which embrace images of tomato, onion, chicken noodle, and vegetable soups, were first reported missing by the FBI Pittsburgh via a message on the social media platform X, as WKBN reports.

Amidst rising concern, the renowned pop artist's birth city has become the nucleus of this exhaustive search, with prints of Mick Jagger, Marilyn Monroe, Sigmund Freud, and Mao Zedong also missing, and these thefts tap into a deeper narrative, one where the reverberations of missing artistry pose continuous queries; the FBI's National Stolen Art File catalogs the elusive prints, as detailed by CBS News Pittsburgh.

Further widening the scope of the investigations is the apparent art theft ring bust in Pennsylvania last year, with connections to stolen works inclusive of Warhol and Jackson Pollock masterpieces, an operation revealing the depths to which the black market's shadow cast over the art community's sanctity, and the "Mao" print, valued at a substantial $50,000, joins the lengthy list of purloined art, a piece initially donated to Orange Coast College only to be stolen in an earlier breach this year. These revelations were brought forward by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Springfield Art Museum in Missouri grapples with the void left by seven of the 10 stolen Warhol prints, an unwelcomed subtraction from its collection since 1985, heightening the urgency of information that could lead to the recovery of these assets, treasured in the realm of cultural art and appraised at around $500,000, with each print's dimensions stretching to 37 inches high and 24.5 inches wide, all previously housed in white frames. As the FBI remains vigilant in its pursuit of clues that could unravel this theft, those with information that might end this enigma are urged to step forward onto the web at tips.fbi.gov or dial 800-225-5324 with any fragment of intelligence, a call to action emphasized by CBS News Pittsburgh. A spokesperson for the FBI Pittsburgh, however, retained their silence offering no further insights; the Warhol Museum too remained unreachable for immediate comments, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.