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$17,500 stone inscribed by Yoko Ono stolen from museum

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, April 10, 2018  /  08:36 pm
$17,500 stone inscribed by Yoko Ono stolen from museum

Yoko Ono presents a work titled 'The Gift' at the Gallery 'Haunch of Venison' in Berlin in September 2010. (Shutterstock/File)

A river stone inscribed by Yoko Ono has reportedly been stolen from Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada.

Toronto Police are currently searching for a female suspect estimated to be 55-60 years of age and 1.62 meters tall. According to CCTV footage, the woman was wearing a black coat, red scarf with black stripes, black pants, black hat and black shoes.

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Pitchfork reported that the stone is part of the Yoko Ono: Riverbed exhibition. Featuring Stone Piece, the exhibition presents a pile of river stones that have been honed and shaped by water over time. The stolen river stone reportedly has an appraised insurance value of US$17,500.

Some of the stones were inscribed by Ono with words such as "dream", "wish" and "remember". The stolen stone was inscribed with “Love yourself”.

The museum said on its website that visitors to the exhibition were invited to pick up a stone, hold it and concentrate on the words. After the brief meditation, visitors were asked to place the stone upon a pile of other stones at the center of the room.

Toronto Police media officer Gary Long told The Star that the suspect had “just picked it up and walked away with it”. (jes/wng)