The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is very excited to regale you with the following tale of international intrigue: In 2007, an Arizonian bought an Andy Warhol silkscreen of Mick Jagger, signed by the artist and the Stone, in the Buenos Aires antique district. “Unbeknownst to him,” it was an original.
The agency has just reunited the stolen art work with its true owner, an art collector in Argentina. Illegal import be damned, ICE/HSI/INTERPOL have returned 2,300 artifacts to 18 countries since 2007, clap clap clap. Just one query, please: How does an American who has $2,000 to drop on something so Warhol-like get in this situation accidentally? Just how “unbeknowing” could he have been?