Long-lost $160 Million Painting Returned to Museum
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An abstract painting called "Woman-Ochre" is a work of the famous Dutch-American artist William de Kooning.
The painting used to hang in The University of Arizona Museum of Art.
That is until "Woman-Ochre" was stolen from the museum in 1985.
It had not been seen since then.
But that changed recently when a man who sells artwork and furniture visited a home in a small town in New Mexico.
David Van Auker sells old furniture and paintings in his store in Silver City, New Mexico. He was invited to a home nearby to see if there was anything he wanted to buy so he could sell it in his store.
At first, Van Auker thought he found a print of the de Kooning painting. Upon a closer look, however, he realized it was real paint on canvas.
Van Auker thought perhaps the home's former owner liked to paint and made a copy.
Eventually, he bought the painting and everything else in the home for $2,000.
When Van Auker put the painting up for sale at his store, some people said they thought it was an original.
That made him think. So he researched the painting and found a story from a newspaper in Arizona. The headline read: "De Kooning Painting Valued at More Than $100 Million Missing for 30 Years."
The painting looked exactly like the one he had in his hands.
So he called the university and told the museum he thought he had its missing painting.
After a number of telephone calls, Van Auker took photos and emailed them to the university. They were sure he had something important. So the next day, a number of people drove about three hours to Silver City.
The group borrowed the painting and brought it back to the school in Tucson. After careful study, they decided it was the original, stolen 32 years ago.
De Kooning made the painting in the 1950s. A similar painting sold in 2006 for $137.5 million. Experts say the recovered "Woman-Ochre" may be worth $160 million.
Meg Hagyard is the acting director of the museum. She thanked Van Auker for returning the painting.
She called its recovery a "monumental moment for the museum."
Van Auker said the experience of finding the lost painting was "one of the most important moments in my life."
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Since then he has been drawing a pension.
2.At first 刚开始；起先
At first they all thought I was a loony.
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Their friends suggested they should put up their prices.
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1.The painting looked exactly like the one he had in his hands.
looked exactly like 与...非常像
Everyone said that I looked exactly like my dad.
No one could be sure what kind of you, it might have looked exactly like you.
2.The group borrowed the painting and brought it back to the school in Tucson.
brought back 带回；拿回
What if he got a guilty conscience and brought it back?
I must have brought it back after the lecture this morning.
这位名为大卫·万·奥克（David Van Auker）的男子在新墨西哥州银市靠贩卖旧家具和画作谋生 。有人邀请他到家里看看是否有他想购买的物件，然后他带回店里出售 。
刚开始，奥克以为这幅画是德·库宁画作的印刷版 。他仔细观摩后惊觉画布上是真正的颜料 。
他开始琢磨 。之后他研究了这幅画，还在亚利桑那州的一份报纸上找到了一篇报道 。文章的标题：《德·库宁价值上亿画作失窃30年》 。
在多次电话沟通后，奥克将这幅画的照片用邮件发给了亚利桑那州立大学 。他们相信他手上的东西十分重要 。次日，一行人驱车3小时赶往银市 。
他们借走了这幅画并带回图森市的亚利桑那州立大学 。经过进一步研究，他们确定这幅画是32年前失窃的真迹 。
20世纪50年代，德·库宁创作了这幅画 。2006年，一幅类似的画作以1.375亿美元的价格成交 。有专家表示，这幅失而复得的《Woman-Ochre》可能价值1.6亿美元 。
梅格·海格亚德（Meg Hagyard）是该校美术馆的代理主任 。她感谢万·奥克归还这幅画的举动 。