$8M Basquiat painting found in New York

Feb. 14, 2008 at 10:15 AM

NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors have filed court papers seeking permission to seize a smuggled 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from a New York City warehouse.

Basquiat was a well-known U.S. artist, who frequently collaborated with Andy Warhol and dated singer Madonna during the 1980s. He died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan say art smugglers shipped Basquiat's "Hannibal," which is said to be worth at $8 million, from London to New York through Kennedy Airport by pretending it was a $100 knockoff, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

The painting was discovered by federal investigators in a Manhattan warehouse in November.

The work vanished from the $30 million collection of convicted Brazilian money launderer Edemar Cid Ferreira in 2005. Brazilian police have been looking for it since then, the Daily News said.

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