Larry David's Fake Art Stolen From His HBO Movie Premiere

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From left: Plepler, Kate Hudson and David in L.A. at the "Clear History" premiere.

A copy of the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" funnyman's prized "Plepler" painting -- named for HBO's CEO, Richard Plepler -- disappeared from the "Clear History" after-party.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Larry David has a habit of referencing people he knows in Curb Your Enthusiasm and, now, in his first HBO movie, Clear History, out Aug. 10.

A valuable painting his character owns and loves -- of a shopping cart -- constantly is referred to as "a Plepler," named for HBO CEO Richard Plepler. "It was more that it's a funny-sounding name," explained David to THR at the July 31 L.A. premiere. 

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Plepler said he only had a hint this was coming but added affectionately, "We love Larry -- he can do anything he wants."

Meanwhile, a faux Plepler mounted at the party sneakily was stolen from a wall, right under David's nose. "Why would anyone want that?" he asked upon hearing it was pinched. "Maybe it's a PR stunt."