SPANISH police arrested a 67-year-old woman accused of stealing a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in Mallorca.
The woman allegedly stole the artwork from a private collector and entrepreneur based in Alcudia, with the intention of demanding a ransom for its safe return.
According to the Spanish press, both the woman and the collector are British and the woman had been working for him for some time.
The woman claimed she took the painting to push the collector to pay her €30,000 she was owed.
The collector alerted the police last week that the painting had gone missing. In a matter of hours, the woman was detained and the painting was located in a house in nearby Pollenca.
The police brought the painting back to the station, where the owner collected it.
He was accompanied by a team of experts, who certified that the painting had suffered no damage.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist whose art focused on ‘suggestive dichotomies’ such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.
He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at age 27.
Police have not disclosed the estimated worth of the painting, although it was described as ‘priceless’ given that it was acquired directly from Basquiat’s father and hasn’t been on the market since.