Original Art Stories: Ivan Reis's Nightmare Part II
To me that sets off all kinds of warning bells, especially when you look at what happened to the art the first time around. According to collector (and the real owner of the art) Matt Hull, "The piece was shipped via UPS and only the outside packaging arrived. The packaging had been obviously cut open with a box cutter or knife and the artwork removed. Officially UPS said that it probably fell out and got lost along the way, however unofficially they said it was most likely stolen by one of their package handlers."
Call me odd (and many have and still do) but that sounds very much like the kind of item that someone who mainly sells items that are 'lost, misdirected, overstocked and distressed' would possibly find themselves in possession of. Certainly the images show a cover that appears to be still packaged by the original seller (housed in plastic on a backing board) and it does make me wonder - if the art is 'lost in transit', an owner places a claim, files a police report and does everything right then why, when the art is 'found', it's then sold on to a wholesale dealer? Why is not returned to the rightful owner? Mysteries!
I've emailed the owner of the art to confirm the status of the art and if it is indeed still classified as stolen then action can be taken immediately. For now consider this a mere heads up in case anyone is thinking of bidding on art that might well be stolen art. If it's not stolen then I'll happily adjust it's status, but for the time being be warned - police reports were filed and if it is stolen then you might not be holding on to it for long. Let's see where this one ends up.