A rock with Yoko Ono‘s handwriting which is valued at more than $17,000 has been stolen from a Canadian museum.
Toronto police believe the stone – which is part of a larger artwork by the late John Lennon’s wife – was stolen on March 12 and they are now asking the public to help identify a woman seen surveillance footage walking away from the museum whom they allege took the rock.
“Female sought in Theft Over $5000 investigation. Mon. Mar. 12, at 5:35 p.m., at the Gardiner Museum located at 111 Queen’s Park. She allegedly stole a rock on display of an art exhibit,” the police tweeted April 6. “Last seen walking south on Queen’s Park. #GO601628 if seen pls call 416-808-5200 ^gl.”
Ono, an artist, had written “Love yourself” on the stone and it was a part of an installation called The Riverbed that is estimated to be worth $17,500, according to The Guardian.
The Riverbed has a section called Stone Piece which features “a pile of river stones that have been honed and shaped by water over time,” according to the museum’s website.
The 85-year-old wrote “dream,” “wish,” and “remember” on some of the other stones that made up the piece. According to the museum, visitors enjoying the exhibit are invited to pick up and hold a stone while “concentrating on the word, and then placing the stone upon the pile of other stones in the center of the room.”
A rock was taken from a Canadian museum bearing Yoko Ono’s handwriting
Toronto police spokesman Gary Long told the Toronto Star the suspect “just picked it up and walked away with it.”
In November, German police found personal items including diaries and iconic round-framed glasses belonging to Lennon believed to be stolen 11 years ago.
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A prosecutor told the Associated Press that Ono “was very emotional and we noticed clearly how much these things mean to her and how happy she would be to have them back.”