The long, strange trip of a painting called "Brother Dave," commissioned by Peter Marshall of Hollywood Squares fame more than 30 years ago, has a Hollywood ending, it seems.
The LAPD late yesterday announced that the beloved portrait of Marshall's son has been recovered after it was stolen in a January 30, 1983 burglary of Marshall's Encino home.
It was picked up recently at a Long Beach flea market, cops say:
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The buyer, Shannon Turk, got the painting from people she describes as "gypsies" at the market last month, according to the department.
After researching the artist, Charles Bragg, she contacted him and he told her about the theft. The LAPD:
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The Marshalls, Shannon Turk and detectives from LAPD's West Valley Division have been in contact with each other and have made arrangements for the return of the painting.
There's one loose end hanging, however: Who done it.
Cops want anyone who might know who had the painting previously to come forward. Do it for Dave: 818-374-7769.