2 Damien Hirst paintings stolen in London
Pyronin Y & Oleoylsarcosin
Controversy has erupted this week in London's art world as British artist, Damien Hirst, has been victim to a kidnapping of two of his works. Housed in the Exhibitionist Gallery in Notting Hill, the signed pieces titled Pyronin Y (2005) and Oleoylsarcosine (2008) were worth a combined total of $54,000. They were stolen between 3am - 3:30am and were thrown into the back of a car.
The police believe that the raid was planned and was targeted at only those 2 specific pieces. Nathan Engelbrecht - manager of the gallery - also believe this theory explaining, "The thief left other works in the gallery, just taking the prints. The storeroom had not been touched at all. The spot prints are the most recognizable Hirst works, the others we had were left behind." Police are now looking for witnesses to testify, as they believe that the items would have been visible in the back of the thief's car.