Missing in Missouri: Seven Warhol soup paintings stolen

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 13 (UPI) — The FBI has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the return of seven paintings of cans of soup by Andy Warhol which were stolen from a Missouri art gallery.

The artworks — seven framed panels of a 10-panel series of Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s soup cans — were stolen in an apparent break-in at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Mo., last week. Each is approximately 3 feet by 2 feet in size, identical except for the names of soups printed on the cans’ labels.

Created in 1962, Set 31 of the Campbell Soup I series was acquired by the museum for its permanent collection in 1985. The complete set is valued at $500,000, although three works were left on the wall.

Missing are Warhol prints depicting beef, vegetable, tomato, onion, green pea, chicken noodle and black bean Campbell’s soup cans.

Anyone with information should call the Springfield, Mo., FBI at 417-882-3303 or the Springfield Police at 417-689-TIPS.

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