Conor McCreedy, the South African artist we feature on this month’s ELLE inbox page, had a painting of Mandela stolen in New York.
‘This heist was a real work of art’ punned the New York Post. The $30,000 portrait, which disappeared from McCreedy’s Manhattan storage space, was reportedly sold to someone in South Africa last month, but when McCreedy went to retrieve the artwork, it was gone. His sketchbook — which he says is worth about $250,000 — was also gone.
Cape Talk Radio 702 aired an interview revealing the portrait was replaced by pictures of Mick Jagger and John Lennon. After much to-ing and fro-ing with the buyer, McCreedy has had to give the collector his money back until the portrait is traced. McCreedy has private investigators, The Alpha Group, tracking it down, along with cops.
Conor Mccreedy, 28, is famous in the art community for his signature MccreedyBlue color. He is one of the most followed South Africans on Twitter with nearly 275, 000 fans.