Roy Lichtenstein painting 'Electric Cord' returned after 42 years

Roy Lichtenstein painting 'Electric Cord' returned after 42 years
Barbara Bertozzi, the widow of art dealer Leo Castelli, stands next to the Roy Lichtenstein painting "Electric Cord" at a news conference. (Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press)

A Roy Lichtenstein painting has been returned after having gone missing more than 40 years ago. "Electric Cord," which the American artist created in 1961, mysteriously reappeared in a New York warehouse this summer.

The painting was returned this week to Barbara Bertozzi, the widow of American art dealer Leo Castelli, who reportedly sent the painting out for cleaning in 1970 and never saw it again. The return of the painting took place Tuesday at a news conference with U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara in New York.


In July, the New York Post and the New York Daily News reported that the painting had been shipped to the Upper East Side warehouse from a gallery in Bogota, Colombia, apparently for a sale.

The Lichtenstein Foundation later notified Bertozzi, who initiated legal action to prevent the sale of the work.