On April 7th, a break-in at Missouri’s Springfield Art Museum resulted in the disappearance of seven prints from Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans collection. CNN reports that the FBI is aiding the museum in its search for the missing prints, offering up to a $25,000 reward for any tips that might be of use.
— Sky News America (@SkyNewsAmerica) April 12, 2016
According to a press release issued by the FBI, the collection is “set number 31 of the Campbell’s Soup I collection and is valued at approximately $500,000.” The museum’s Andy Warhol exhibition, “The Electric Garden of Our Minds: British/American Pop,” is now closed until further notice.
Ongoing investigation at the Museum. We are open. The Pop exhibit is closed. Thank you for your concern and support.https://t.co/dyLJ8Oh8Ap
— SpringfieldArtMuseum (@sgfmuseum) April 8, 2016
The collection had been in the possession of the museum since 1985. The Springfield Art Museum explains in a statement that losing the prints “feels like the loss of a family member.”
Andy Warhol buying cans of Campbell’s Soup at Gristede’s supermarket on Second Ave, 1964. pic.twitter.com/Ur0j3pEe5C
— History Pics (@HistoryPixs) April 4, 2016
While the FBI is not releasing any information regarding the details of the burglary or the investigation, the FBI is asking that the public come forward with any leads. FBI Springfield, Missouri can be contacted directly at (417) 882-3303 and the Springfield Police Department TIPS line at (417) 869-TIPS.