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Stolen Lichtenstein art returned after 42 years

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Roy Lichtenstein's "Electric Cord" Roy Lichtenstein's "Electric Cord"
NEW YORK (AP) -

A $4 million Roy Lichtenstein painting of an electrical cord that mysteriously disappeared 42 years ago has been returned to its owner.

Barbara Castelli told a news conference Tuesday that she plans to hang it in her Manhattan home. The 1961 painting was recovered in July at a New York storage warehouse.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declined to say whether criminal charges will be brought against anyone responsible for the disappearance of the painting, named "Electric Cord."

Castelli's late husband, Leo, sent the work to an art restorer for cleaning in January 1970 and then it vanished.

It resurfaced six years after the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation published the image on its holiday greeting card in 2006 and asked the art community to help find it.

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