Jerome and Rita Alter: Secret lives of $160 million De Kooning art thieves | World


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An antique dealer named David Van Auker plucked the late Jerome and Rita Alter’s belongings from the house they’d lived in in New Mexico, stepped into the bedroom and stared at an abstract painting hanging behind the door.

His partner came in to look at it and said, “Um, I don’t like the frame. It’s cracked a bit,” Van Auker recalled this week. Sometime later, after paying $200 for it and loading it and a bunch of other things on the back of their truck, they discovered that the painting was by Willem de Kooning, was worth $160 million and had been stolen. from an art museum in Arizona

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