LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police said Tuesday they recovered $800,000 worth of prints by Scottish abstract expressionist Benjamin Creme after a caller told them they were in their San Fernando home.

Police believe the 1,200 signed prints were there for several years but the person who had them only recently checked a law-enforcement database and discovered they were stolen.

Detectives say the caller, who was not identified, told them they were found in a late relative’s storage locker.

They include “Flame-Coloured Deva,” ”Shakti II” and other works by Creme, who in later years became better known for his belief in UFOs and predictions of a second coming of Christ and other messiahs.

He died in 2016.

(Copyright (c) 2024 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Join our Newsletter for the latest news right to your inbox