Bronze Cowboy Sculpture surrendered after Gilbert resident alerts the FBI.
Man Notifies FBI: Bronze Cowboy Sculpture from Arizona Estate, Suspected Stolen Art, Now Recovered by Authorities
In an article published by Yahoo News, a bronze cowboy sculpture discovered in the estate of an Arizona individual and was handed over. This sculpture was suspected to be listed in the FBI’s National Stolen Art File.
Arlin Cook, the current owner of the bronze cowboy sculpture, contacted the FBI after inheriting the artwork and informed them that he had what he thought was stolen art.
He arranged for two agents to visit his Gilbert home on a Tuesday morning.
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Arlin Cook, the owner of a two-foot-tall bronze cowboy sculpture, praised the FBI for their professionalism as he willingly handed over possession of the artwork. The bronze cowboy sculpture had adorned his late brother-in-law’s fireplace for over 30 years, until recent research prompted Cook to suspect it might be stolen.
Discovering similarities to a missing bronze cowboy sculpture from Mammen Gallery II in 1985, Cook decided to return it. The bronze cowboy sculpture bears artist Gordon Snidow’s signature and “20/40,” matching the stolen piece’s details. Despite Snidow confirming its creation, he was unaware of its theft, having sold it in 1983.
The FBI is investigating. Cook hopes his experience inspires others to investigate their artworks and return anything suspicious.