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STOLEN Pee-Wee Herman portrait

By nerdifer
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Here is video of the theft in progress, with captions


In an amazing turn of events, the painting was returned with an apology.

Gothamist wrote a story about it: [link]

Pee-Wee Herman tweeted about it: [link]
Twice! [link]

Then just a few hours later, 2 young women returned the painting.

Thank you everyone for your support and helping to get the word out!


The original painting has been stolen, right off the wall of my art show in Brooklyn, NYC.

Im in shock. It wasn’t for sale I never wanted money. I made it for me & turned down many offers.


An acrylic painting of Pee-Wee Herman / Paul Reubens. 14x18 inches.

Rephotographed & updated. The color is more accurate now.

Comments welcome & appreciated.
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Shutter Speed
1/8 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 2, 2011, 5:58:31 AM
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LivingDeadGirlNicole's avatar
Wow I juse read all the captioning on this piece. So glad you got it back!!! My heart fell through my chest when I heard some art pieces had been stolen from Beetlehouse LA after having my artwork selected to be on display there. Thank god my piece was not one of them but I felt aweful for the people's whose work was taken. 
LAURA-777's avatar
Beautiful picture I’m very glad you got this back. Many blessings to you 😊
filmshirley's avatar
I'm glad you got this treasure back! This is an awesome painting.
MojoCNYartist's avatar
Wow they just took it right off the wall and walked out the door with it? That's is ballsy....I thought the people who right click save as were bad, but that takes the cake.
nerdifer's avatar
Yeah Crazy! Here is a video of the whole thing going down, edited with captions...

MojoCNYartist's avatar
Cool Thanx for sharing this story. :D
nerdifer's avatar
Gothamist covered the theft story [link]
indy1725's avatar
Did you know this was used in a t-shirt?

nerdifer's avatar
And in a shocking twist, the original painting was stolen Monday night from my art show.
nerdifer's avatar
Just curious but how did you know to trace it back to me?
indy1725's avatar
I did what I figured the original 'designer' of the shirt did, a DeviantArt search for Pee Wee Herman. The other two Pee-Wees used on the shirt are also here somewhere, and I contacted them as well.
nerdifer's avatar
Thanks again. Are they using some of your work on that site too?
indy1725's avatar
No, but a friend of mine had a drawing of a Dalek swiped for one of their t-shirts. He sent them an invoice for use of his art and they removed it pretty quickly.
nerdifer's avatar
Wow, thanks for telling me!
nerdifer's avatar
Oh and incase it wasnt clear. No i didnt know.
PeterPalmiotti's avatar
An excellent job! Like it alot!
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Takineko's avatar
Cute! You really got his eyes down!
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Takineko's avatar
I just noticed your pic on facebook from the bowlmor thing! You're very lucky!
nerdifer's avatar
It was a great night. I do feel very very lucky. Thank you.
Takineko's avatar
You're welcome :3
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