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The stolen KAWS work
The stolen KAWS work, Untitled (Calvin Klein)


Aug. 12, 2011

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A man was caught on an elevator camera last Thursday stealing a painting by designer and graphic artist KAWS (aka Brian Donnelly) from the hallway of Marc Ecko’s Complex magazine offices in Chelsea. At about 6 p.m., the man took the work, a painted-over ad of Kate Moss called Untitled (Calvin Klein), off the wall, rolled it up into a tube and walked out the door. The picture is reportedly worth $100,000.

Police told The Daily Mail that the thief, who signed into the building under the name “Nat Heller,” is white, between the ages of 20 and 40 about five-foot-ten. He was wearing a green hoodie, sunglasses, jeans and a baseball hat.

Could it be an inside job? A doorman told NY1 that you need a pass code to get in, and, maybe even more convincing, the thief has been described as sporting a “hipster-style” moustache.

Or, perhaps it was a prank, as some observers have already been speculating. After all, the story has spread through the blogs like wildfire -- and it was Donnelly's own publicist who alerted us to the news.

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The thief caught on camera
The thief caught on camera