Stolen Picassos Recovered

Trio busted in theft of $66M paintings lifted from Paris home of artist's granddaughter

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 9, 2007 5:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – 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.

In this photo released by the Picasso Administration in Paris on Feb. 28, 2007, Portrait of Jacqueline, a 1961 oil on canvass by artist Pablo Picasso is seen. French investigators recovered two Picasso paintings and a drawing that were stolen from the home of the artist's granddaughter in an overnight...
In this photo released by the Picasso Administration in Paris on Feb. 28, 2007, "Portrait of Jacqueline", a 1961 oil on canvass by artist Pablo Picasso is seen. French investigators recovered two Picasso...   (Associated Press)
l said. The two paintings _ one of Pablo Picasso's daughter Maya, the other of his second wife Jacqueline, are worth more than euro50 million (nearly US$66 million). (AP Photo/Succession Picasso 2007/HO)
l said. The two paintings _ one of Pablo Picasso's daughter Maya, the other of his second wife Jacqueline, are worth more than euro50 million (nearly US$66 million). (AP Photo/Succession Picasso 2007/HO)   (Associated Press)
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