Barrett Painting Returned

The self-portrait by former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett that was stolen from a London gallery April 9 was returned within two days.

The painting, which Barrett finished five years before he co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965, was returned to the Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch via post.

It was “mysteriously posted back to the gallery undamaged and intact,” according to fan site Brain Damage.

The painting, which measures 31 cm by 23 cm, was part of an exhibition called Syd Barrett Arts & Letters.

Barrett arrived in London in the autumn of 1963 to study at the Camberwell College of Art. The painting was given to Libby Gausden, his girlfriend at the time, who allowed its use in the exhibition.

It was the first – and possibly last – time the picture was shown in public. Other paintings by Barrett, who died in 2006, have sold for thousands of pounds at auction.