This August 2017 photo shows "Woman-Ochre," a painting by Willem de Kooning, being readied for examination by University of Arizona Museum of Art staff Nathan Saxton, left, and Kristen Schmidt in Tucson, Ariz. More than 30 years after it was stolen from the museum, the recovered painting will be on display back where it all began. (Robert Demers/University of Arizona Communications via AP)

Recovered de Kooning painting back in the spotlight

March 15, 2019 - 2:07 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 30 years after it was stolen from an Arizona museum, a Willem de Kooning painting worth millions of dollars is going on display where it all began.

The University of Arizona Museum of Art is giving a glimpse of "Woman-Ochre" Sunday as part of a fundraiser before the piece undergoes restoration work.

A New Mexico antiques dealer bought the oil painting in 2017 and realized it was the same piece taken in the heist.

Curator Olivia Miller says the FBI, which still has the case open, officially released the painting back to the museum in November.

Police say a couple swiped the painting the day after Thanksgiving in 1985.

It is one in an iconic series by the Dutch-American abstract expressionist that explores the female figure.

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