Stolen Limited Edition Artwork Hand-Delivered to Owner
Tens of thousands of dollars in artwork returned to Chicago artist courtesy of police auction website PropertyRoom.com
(PRWEB) July 15, 2013
After her artwork was stolen from an art show in Overland Park, Kansas, artist Penelope Osio-Brown was sure she had lost forever her personalized and unique abstracts. However, thanks to the detective work of a Missouri police department and the authentication process of the popular auction site, PropertyRoom.com, Osio-Brown has been re-united with her valuable creations.
A well-known Mexican-American artist based in Chicago, Osio-Brown had 13 pieces — including some limited edition prints — stolen last September. The stolen pieces were recovered by the Kansas City, Missouri police department acting on a tip that a number of stolen goods were housed in a storage facility. The recovered items were then sent to PropertyRoom.com, the online police auction site that sells stolen and unclaimed goods from approximately 3,000 law enforcement and other public agencies nationwide.
As part of a verification process, Property Room researched the artist and contacted Osio-Brown to authenticate the artwork. To the surprise of Property Room, the artist herself was the victim of theft. She was thrilled to hear that her personal artwork was recovered and now safely housed in Property Room’s Long Island warehouse.
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call that my pieces were found and unharmed. Thanks to PropertyRoom.com and the Kansas City police, I am able to bring my pieces home where they belong,” said an overjoyed Osio-Brown.
Property Room CEO PJ Bellomo hand-delivered these pieces to Osio-Brown at her studio in Elmhurst, Illinois. “Most days, we pick-up goods from public agencies and offer great auction deals on our website, from iPhones to automobiles and everything in between,” said Bellomo. “A couple of times each year we get to reunite an original owner with lost or stolen goods, and it's simply the best part of our job.”
The artwork of Penelope Osio-Brown experienced a multi-state trek: created in Illinois, stolen in Kansas, recovered in Missouri, authenticated in New York, then returned to its rightful home in Illinois.
Penelope Osio-Brown has been painting professionally since 1998 and currently works with mixed-media on canvas. She credits her Mexican heritage, admiration for early civilizations and love for life as her inspirations in her work.
About Property Room
At online auction site PropertyRoom.com, close to 4,000 items are up for bid at any given time from a network of 3,000 police departments and municipalities nationwide. With hundreds of new auctions added daily — from unique items like buffalo horns to swords and everyday items like jewelry and electronics — most of these forfeited, seized or found items have a starting bid at just one dollar. Items can sell for 70 percent off retail price to the more than 1.5 million registered users. With the merchandise collected from police property rooms across the United States, including the Los Angeles Police Department and the New York City Police Department, the auctions have generated more than $50 million in proceeds given back to the local communities.
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