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‘Crying Elvis’ Painting Stolen from Mass. Museum

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (CNN) — A theft at the Museum of Bad Art in Massachusetts has some people all shook up.

That’s because someone made off with a painting of Elvis Presley and many people think it’s a crying shame.

The Crying Elvis, artist unknown, has something to cry about.

Somebody stole him.

“Haha, okay. Why would they do that?”

“I think that’s pretty sad, definitely a crying matter.”

No one knows for sure when the crime took place, but the Crying Elvis was discovered missing Tuesday morning.

“I don’t know why somebody would steal it.”

And the curator-in-chief is all shook up.

“I am upset about it,” says Michael Frank, curator-in-chief of the Museum of Bad Art.

The piece was inside the Museum of Bad Art, tucked in the basement of the Somerville Theater in Davis Square, art too bad to be ignored.

“These are all pieces that someone created, in all earnestness to create a piece of art, but, clearly, something went wrong.”

But someone just can’t help falling in love with the velvet Elvis.

“Which is not in itself a valuable piece. I’m more upset that someone thought it was okay to just come and take what he wanted,” Frank adds.

“They probably can’t sell it, but people will steal things just to have it.”

The Museum of Bad Art is simply a way of celebrating art that would be appreciated in no other forum. So if the curator-in-chief could say a few words to the Elvis embezzler.

“I’d say got to a yard sale and buy your own Crying Elvis. That’s where the one’s that missing was purchased at a yard sale for five dollars.”


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