From the gallery's surveillance camera

php7QeGcWAM.jpegOn Tuesday around 4:15 p.m., a Salvador Dali painting was stolen from the Venus Over Manhattan art gallery (which opened in May) on Madison Avenue, by a man posing as a potential customer.

The painting—"Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio," an 11-inch watercolor the artist painted in 1949—is estimated to be worth about $150,000. The thief simply took it off the wall when the guard wasn't looking, and fled westbound on East 77th Street with it. The NYPD is now asking for the public's assistance in finding the suspect, who is wanted for a Grand Larceny.

Officials describe the man as a "white male approximately 35-45 years old, 5'7"-5'9" with a receding hairline. He was last seen wearing a black and white shirt, dark-colored jeans and dark footwear."

If you have any information, you can call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS, or submit a tip via their website.