Handyman Stole 400 Picasso Works: Artist's Stepdaughter
He may have gotten another 200 from a neighbor
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
In this 1953 file photo, artist Pablo Picasso looks at a "Portrait of a Woman" in his studio in Vallauris, French Riviera.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – One of the most brazen art thefts in a while appears to have been ridiculously easy: Picasso's stepdaughter says a handyman stole 407 works out of a file cabinet—and the same guy allegedly stole another 200 pieces by Picasso, Kandinsky, and other artists from her neighbor, reports the Telegraph. The works taken from stepdaughter Catherine Hutin-Blay—the daughter of Picasso's second wife—are mostly sketches and watercolors,with a value ballparked between $2 million and $3 million.

"I went to the filing cabinet to check that the artworks were still there and they were no longer there," Hutin-Blay tells the French-language Le Parisien. She checked after one of the pieces supposedly locked away in the cabinet surfaced at an auction. Her neighbor and fellow theft victim is Sylvie Baltazart-Eon, the daughter of Picasso's art dealer, reports the Daily Mail. The same handyman worked at both their houses. The coverage doesn't make clear whether police also suspect him, but an investigation is underway. No arrests have been made, and only 22 of the 600-plus missing pieces have been recovered.

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Jul 16, 2013 2:45 PM CDT
No great loss. IMHO Picasso sucked anyway and he was a nasty little man. Give me a good Thomas Gainsborough or a Titian any day.And you can call me..............No lover of Picasso's work.
Jul 16, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
How fukking stupid to you have to be to have two to three million dollars worth of ANYTHING in a file cabinet in your home? A FILE cabinet, for god's sake! A five year old with a screwdriver could break in to a file cabinet.
Jul 16, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
Well, he was a "Hand"dee-man....:-)