Crying Elvis painting stolen from Museum of Bad Art

Posted: 10/09/12 at 10:40 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/09/12 at 10:57 pm EDT

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) -- The managers of a unique art museum want to know who the hound dog is that took a painting of Elvis and they’re hoping an arrest leads to a little jailhouse rock.

It happened in the middle of Davis Square where there's always plenty of foot traffic. Still, the thief somehow managed to pick up the crying Elvis and walk out of the museum with it, with no one seeing a thing.

No one knows for sure when the crime took place. But the crying Elvis was discovered missing Tuesday morning. And the curator-in-chief is “all shook up.”

“I am upset about this,” said Michael Frank, curator-in-chief.

The piece was inside the Museum of Bad Art, tucked in the basement of the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square; art too bad to be ignored.

"These are all pieces that someone created in all earnestness to create a piece of art…but clearly something went wrong,” Frank said.

But someone just can't help falling in love with the velvet Elvis.

"Which is not in itself a valuable piece. I'm more upset that somebody would think that it’s okay to just come and take what he wanted,” said Frank.

The Museum of Bad Art is simply a way of celebrating art that would be appreciated in no other forum.

"I’d say got to a yard sale and buy your own crying Elvis…that's where I…the one that’s missing, that's where I purchased it at a yard sale for $5,” Frank said.

It wasn’t the first time the Museum of Bad Art has been hit. Someone stole from the Somerville location earlier this summer, and they discovered a missing piece of art from the Dedham location Tuesday as well.

The police have not been contacted. They don't expect any fingerprint dusting to occur.

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