The painting's owner, Syd's ex-girlfriend Libby Gausden, lobbied to the press for the safe return of the self-portrait, adding that it had " huge personal value" to her. The plea worked as, according to the Wire, just three days after the Idea Generation Gallery offered a £2,000 reward for the safe return of the self-portrait, the painting was returned to them... by mail. Instead of handing back the painting and risk being arrested, the thief simply put the art in an envelope, sealed it and sent it back to the gallery. The U.K. postal service must be a lot more fragile with their mail, since the painting was returned to the gallery "undamaged and intact."
[Self-Portrait: Syd Barrett]
- Syd Barrett