Bosses of an independent art gallery in Leeds are appealing for help after a thief brazenly stole a picture that had been sold to a customer.
The screen print, showing a black image of a cyclist against a yellow background, was waiting to be collected from the Gallery Munro House near the city centre.
But it is believed a man walked into the York Street venue – formerly Leeds Gallery – and bought a drink before seeing his opportunity to take the picture from being the venue’s reception desk.
He walked out without being seen.
Gallery owner Matt Andrews said: “It was only when the person who had bought the picture came in that we realised what had happened.
“We have been open for three years and it’s the first time a picture has been stolen.”
The gallery has been hosting a Tour de France-themed exhibition called Cyclism.
The A1-sized print, which was sold for £150, was taken last Friday morning.
Mr Andrews added: “It’s not an especially expensive piece but it’s the principle of it. What’s he going to do with it – put it on his wall and look at it every day and think ‘I stole that’? “
Anyone with information can contact the gallery on 0113 2433266.