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Illegally Painted Phil Frost Billboard Stolen in LA

03.11.13 Andy Cush

Here’s one of the more bizarre art crimes of recent memory. Legendary street artist turned gallery king Phil Frost recently unleashed his considerable talents on a billboard promoting photographer Samuel Bayer’s show at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. The gallery, presumably happy with the beautification of their sign, neglected to buff it, and now, a resourceful thief has stolen the entire thing.

A press release from Ace alleges that Frost’s additions to the billboard increased its value to an astounding $50,000, and considering the artist’s work has sold for twice that amount in the past, that’s hardly a stretch. Samuel Bayer and Swing Media, the company that owns the billboard, are offering a reward for the work’s safe return, and a police report has been filed with the LAPD.

Take a look at the billboard and police report below.