1 Jul 2012

Stolen Dali work returned

5:31 am on 1 July 2012

A painting by Salvador Dali, which was stolen from a gallery in New York last month, has been posted back in pristine condition.

The Cartel de Don Juan Tenirio, an ink and watercolor work done in 1949 and worth almost $US200,000, was intercepted by the US postal inspection service at Kennedy international airport.

It had been sent by express delivery from a fake address in Europe. A brief email message preceded its arrival.

Investigators suspect the thief was unable to find a buyer on the black market.

The work was returned on Friday to the gallery, where it is being authenticated.

Last week, a man visiting the gallery removed the painting from a gallery wall, placed it in a shopping bag, and walked out of the building.