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11 WARHOL SILK SCREENS LIFTED IN L.A.

Published Sep. 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES - A multimillion dollar collection of Andy Warhol portraits of Muhammad Ali and other sports superstars was stolen from a Los Angeles home, police said Friday.

The 11 color screen prints were taken from businessman Richard Weisman's home sometime on Sept. 2 or Sept. 3, police Detective Mark Sommer said.

Ten of the 40-inch-square portraits feature famous athletes of the 1970s, including golfer Jack Nicklaus, soccer star Pele and figure skater Dorothy Hamill. The other is of Weisman, likely a commissioned portrait.

A $1 million reward was being offered for information leading to the return of the artwork.

The original silk screen paintings were on display in Weisman's dining room. The theft was discovered by the family's nanny, who arrived at the home to find the large prints missing from the walls. She called police.

It wasn't known exactly how much the prints were worth but Weisman tried to sell the collection in 2002 for $3 million.