McCreedy's blue Mandela painting
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The hunt for stolen Mandela painting

28 June 2013 Last updated at 12:02 BST

A valuable portrait of Nelson Mandela, painted by South African-born artist Conor Mccreedy, was stolen in New York earlier this month.

In a heist reminiscent of a Hollywood movie, a hole was blown in a wall in an art gallery and the Mandela painting, and other artworks worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, were stolen.

The New York Police Department, Interpol and private investigators are all involved in trying to get back what has been called a "priceless" portrait of South Africa's ailing former president.

From New York, the BBC's Leslie Goffe reports.

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