Valuable Art Found During Search Of Old Meth Lab
A police officer had the responsibility of searching an old meth lab in, you guessed it, New Mexico. However, he found a lot more than he expected to find. The former drug laboratory in Albuquerque was used to make methamphetamine about two years ago, before the cops busted it. And two years after being abandoned, the cop received an assignment to search the place and see if police missed anything earlier.
They did miss quite a lot, but it wasn’t drugs that they found. They found a portfolio which had some art prints in it. To be precise, there were a total of 72 prints inside the portfolio, and they were all in very good shape, surprisingly.
Since the cops didn’t know anything about art, they took the portfolio to a local art curator. It turns out that the prints belonged to renowned Kiowa artist Al Momaday, who died back in 1981.
And the prints are worth a total of $33,000!
So how did the prints even get there? According to police reports, the house was not only a meth lab, it was also a well known stash house where burglars would take their stolen goods for safe keeping.
Police said that whoever left the prints there certainly did not obtain them legally.
According to Andrew Connors, the curator who identified the work, there’s a good chance that the portfolio was stolen from a nearby storage facility either owned by a gallery or the artist’s own estate.