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At the time of the 1985 theft, the de Kooning painting was centered on the wall between Karel Appel  and Hans Hofmann paintings. The guard discovered the empty frame as the thieves were pulling out of the parking lot. (left) At the time of the 1985 theft, the de Kooning painting was centered on the wall between Karel Appel and Hans Hofmann paintings. The guard discovered the empty frame as the thieves were pulling out of the parking lot.