Two stolen Picassos worth more than $66 million have been recovered by French police who swooped in as the thieves were about to sell the rolled-up canvases. Tipped off by a suspicious art dealer, investigators set up round-the-clock surveillance of the suspects for more than a month. Three men have been arrested.
The paintings were stolen in February from the Left Bank apartment of Picasso's granddaughter. One of the portraits is of her mother as a young girl in pigtails, painted in 1938; the other is a black and white portrait of Picasso's second wife from 1961. The burglars used knives to cut the paintings from their frames, but experts have yet to assess damage.