Written by Alan Richardson
Roebourne Art Group sent 220 paintings to Perth last week for a major exhibition at Woodside.
The paintings were stored in a warehouse in Perth.
Last Friday the landlord of the warehouse threw the entire collection (valued at $500,000) onto the street.
He claims the rent was not paid.
It turns out the courier had paid the rent to a real estate agent.
Meanwhile, 51 paintings were stolen while they were on the side of the road, as well as 30 mounted photographs by Robert Yates.
Unfortunately they were among the highlights of the collection.
The approximate value of the stolen art is about $100,000.
About 20 smaller paintings were damaged by malicious handling.
The exhibition will go ahead, luckily as the art group sent more paintings than needed.
The Midland police are investigating and there were several witnesses.