The NY Post has reported that a Roy Lichtenstein painting that once belonged to legendary art dealer Leo Castelli has resurfaced in a New York City warehouse. The painting has not been seen for over 42 years since it disappeared in 1970 after Castelli sent it out to get professionally cleaned. The Post reports,
It’s whereabouts remained a mystery until last week, when the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation called Barbara Castelli, Leo’s widow, to say it had turned up at a high-end art storage warehouse on E. 61st Street, and that someone was trying to sell it.
A rep from the foundation had gone to look at the painting after they were asked to authenticate by a Manhattan gallery boss who the “owner” had approached for a possible sale, the court papers say. The work had apparently recently been on display at a museum in Bogota.
The foundation had been trying to help Castelli located the painting for years, and immediately tipped her off, the filings say.