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Elmhurst artist reunited with stolen artwork worth over $20K

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A suburban artist who had $20,000 worth of paintings and prints stolen last fall has a new inspiration Thursday. Those pieces of art are now back on the walls of her studio after a remarkable turn of events.

Penelope Osio-Brown never thought she'd see this day or the 13 pieces of stolen artwork back on the walls of her Elmhurst studio

"I honestly thought I'd never seen these pieces again, and just to get them all it's just really incredible," Osio-Brown says.

Especially in light of how it all happened, after an art show in Overland Park, Kansas last September.

"We were getting ready for bed and they called us from the lobby of the hotel and they said we believe your trailer was broken into," she explains.

But a month later, police in Kansas City Missouri busted the thief and recovered the artwork in a storage facility.

Detectives apparently overlooked the artist's signature on the bottom of the paintings, so they were sent to a consignment auction house, PropertyRoom.com, which works with police departments across the country, including the Chicago Police Department.

"Our guys back at our New York warehouse did a little bit or research, found the studio here in Elmhurst, Illinois and contacted Penelope and said ‘hey we want to make certain that when we put this art up for auction and we claim that you're the artist that it's not forgery,'" CEO of PropertyRoom.com, P.J. Belomo says.

"Oh my gosh, when Property Room called me and said are these your paintings, I'm like ‘yes, they are' and I couldn't believe they had them all, they found them all, so it's so exciting, I just can't believe it, they're here," Penelope recalls.

One her favorites is called "The Journey" which has been on an amazing one itself. Now, Penelope is in a quandary over her long lost art.

"I don't know if I can sell them, it's gonna be hard," she says.

The CEO of Propertyroom.com said this is the largest art recovery they've ever made. Penelope tells FOX 32 News that she is not only surprised at getting all 13 pieces back, but also that none of them were damaged.

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