Police have today revealed that Nighthawks, a painting by acclaimed American artist Edward Hopper, has gone missing from Hogeman’s Gallery and Auction House.
The artwork was reportedly discovered to be missing just hours before it was due to be auctioned by the up and coming British auctioneers.Embed from Getty Images
This was to be only the second time the painting had been sold, and the first time it had left American soil since it was created, over 70 years ago.
Hopper’s Nighthawks had been on display to the public in the Hogeman’s gallery ahead of its highly anticipated sale.
Authorities have no leads at present as to where the painting may be or who may have stolen it.
However, police are working closely with Hogeman’s staff to establish a timeline of events leading up to their discovery that the painting was missing.
Hogeman’s Gallery and Auction House have, as yet, declined to comment on this embarrassing incident.Embed from Getty Images
The auction was expected to fetch a record-breaking sum of over $100 million, the most a Hopper painting has ever sold for.
This is not the first time an item has gone missing from the Hogeman’s collection.
In 2012 a landscape by Cornish artist A. H. Gogg went missing from the gallery’s permanent collection after being sent for reframing.
However, it was later discovered hanging in a neighbouring office building, having been delivered to the wrong address by the courier.
Police are appealing to the public for any information surrounding the missing artwork, it’s whereabouts or who may have taken it.