08:25 GMT01 March 2021
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    According to a gallery director, the brazen theft took place on Sunday afternoon, in mere seconds as he turned away from the front of the gallery, where the piece was displayed.

    A man has been caught on camera walking out of the Dennis Rae Fine Art Gallery in San Francisco, with a Salvador Dali "Burning Giraffe" piece valued at $20,000 in hand.

    Henry K. Lee, a crime reporter, has posted a surveillance camera video on his Twitter showing the alleged suspect as well as the photo of the stolen artwork.

    ​According to Dennis Rae Fine Art director Rasjad Hopkins, the surveillance camera at the gallery was turned off at the moment of the theft. 

    ​The director also added that the engraving was not secured with a tether that day, even though that is normally the case. He called the entire situation a 'theft of opportunity'.

    According to another gallery director Angela Kellett, the piece is too rare to be sold online.


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