Two would-be art thieves tried to snatch a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting from a Chelsea gallery earlier this month, police said.
The attempted heist happened at Taglialatella Galleries on the evening of May 14, the NYPD announced Wednesday.
The suspects — a young man and woman with European accents — entered the 10th Avenue showcase just before 5:30 pm and tried to swipe the unidentified Basquiat, police said.
The NYPD valued the work at $45,000. Paintings by the late Manhattan street artist and counter-culture icon routinely sell for eight figures, and one of his works by him fetched a record $110 million at a 2017 auction.
The gallery’s Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure exhibition is touted as “a retrospective of Basquiat’s work organized by his sisters and featuring over 200 never-before-seen pieces,” by the curators.
The two suspects were last seen walking away from the gallery empty-handed, security footage showed.