Last week, authorities apprehended a 67-year-old woman accused of stealing the work from the home of a private collector who she worked for in Alcúdia, Spain. According to police, the woman, a British national, planned to hold the work ransom for €30,000 (which she said she was owed) but was apprehended just hours after the theft. The work is likely extremely valuable given that it is dated to 1982, considered Basquiat’s prime. But some have raised questions about the painting’s authenticity. Editor and art collector Miquel Font told the local paper Diario de Mallorca that “Basquiat used words in his painting, but there are too many here, he didn’t use that many.” Official authentication of Basquiat paintings is notoriously difficult given the artist’s prolific output and the absence of an authentication committee, which was disbanded in 2012.