Disney artwork recovered in 1991 Rye Brook theft

Two pieces of Disney artwork stolen from the Museum of Cartoon Art in Rye Brook in 1991 have been recovered. The two pieces are watercolors of Mickey Mouse as he appeared in the "Sorcerer's Apprentice." On March 3 1991, just days before the five pieces in the Fantasia Exhibition were supposed to be displayed, they were reported stolen. The exhibit was valued at $120,000 at the time.

An antiques dealer in Florida contacted police Oct. 30 after buying the pieces from someone who had acquired them from a sale of unwanted items from a Florida storage facility. Police said while researching the artworks' history, the dealer realized they had been stolen.

Rye Brook police say the artwork has since been authenticated.

Detectives hope the recovery of the two watercolors will help them solve the village?s biggest cold case mystery. AP wire reports contributed to this story.

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