Pablo Picasso

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DiCaprio May Have to Return Millions in Artwork

Feds are seizing assets related to Malaysian corruption

(Newser) - The feds are in the midst of a complex money-laundering investigation tied to Malaysian financiers, but it's got some easy-to-understand ramifications: Leonardo DiCaprio has to return a Picasso and an old Oscar that once belonged to Marlon Brando. As Reuters reports, DiCaprio himself is not charged with any wrongdoing,... More »

Met Museum Sued for 'Tainted' $100M Picasso

It was sold by Jewish couple fleeing Nazis

(Newser) - A woman who says her relatives had no choice but to sell a Picasso when fleeing the Nazis in 1938 wants New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to hand over the painting—or pay more than $100 million in damages. Laurel Zuckerman is the great-grandniece of German Jewish businessman... More »

Cards Against Humanity Might Shred This Picasso

150K subscribers will vote to donate or destroy

(Newser) - Should Pablo Picasso's "Tete de Faune" be donated to a museum or cut up into tiny pieces? The decision rests with fans of Cards Against Humanity—the game that's managed to get people to spend their hard-earned cash on poop and, well, nothing at all . With some... More »

Missing for 14 Years, a $15M Picasso Returns Home

La Coiffeuse will be given the French government after its discovery in NY

(Newser) - A stolen painting by Pablo Picasso is back in the hands of the French government 14 years after it vanished from a Paris museum. The 1911 work La Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser) was discovered in December in a FedEx package sent to New York from Belgium. Though the package said it... More »

This Picasso Has Smashed a Huge Record

'Women of Algiers' fetches nearly $180M, most expensive work sold at auction

(Newser) - The world record price for a work of art sold at auction went up by nearly $40 million when Pablo Picasso's Women of Algiers (Version O) sold for an amazing $179.4 million last night. The 1955 painting—described by the BBC as a "vibrant, cubist depiction of... More »

'Toy' Shipped From Belgium Actually a Lost Picasso

Painting was reported stolen from Paris museum in 2001

(Newser) - A Picasso painting that was found to have vanished from a Paris museum more than a decade ago has turned up—in the US, in a package shipped from Belgium. Its papers identified it as a $37 "art craft/toy" and also included the line "Joyeux Noel," or... More »

Warhol Bidding Is Behind 2014's $16B in Art Sales

Collectors paid more than $650M for Andy Warhol works alone

(Newser) - As it stands, the estimated $16 billion in art sales in 2014 is the second-highest in history, close on the heels of the $16.3 billion record set in 2011. And a sizable chunk is attributed to fierce competition among billionaires for works by Andy Warhol, 1,295 of which... More »

Picasso Work Stolen From Miami Exhibit

Silver plate he made in 1956 is worth $85K

(Newser) - Picasso didn't just create paintings, he made silver plates as well. And a thief has made off with one worth about $85,000 from a Miami art festival, reports Reuters . Someone plucked Visage aux Mains (Face with Hands) from a wall at Art Miami—it was there when a... More »

Report: Russia Used Picasso as World Cup Bribe

UK embassies allegedly kept tabs on FIFA corruption

(Newser) - There's regular corruption, and then there's over-the-top Teapot Dome-style bribery. The latter is what took place ahead of the controversial decision to award the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups to Russia and Qatar, according to a report submitted to British lawmakers. The report compiled by the Sunday ... More »

Beneath Picasso Masterpiece: Mystery Man

'The Blue Room' was painted on top of another portrait

(Newser) - "The Blue Room" is one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces, painted in Paris toward the start of his blue period in 1901—and, researchers now reveal, apparently painted on top of another painting. Scientists and art experts using infrared imagery first identified a man's face hidden beneath... More »

Guy Gets $1M Picasso for $140

US raffle winner plans to hang it on his wall

(Newser) - A lucky American art fan who had been looking for something new for his wall now has a $1 million Picasso to fill the space. Jeffrey Gonano, project manager at a fire sprinkler firm, was among 50,000 people who bought $140 tickets in a raffle for the artist's... More »

A $1M Picasso Can Be Yours —for $135

All in the name of saving a 4.7K-year-old city

(Newser) - There aren't exactly any losers in this raffle: One person will walk away with a Picasso worth $1 million for the price of a single raffle ticket. The other 49,999 hopefuls can lick their wounds with the knowledge that their $135 ticket helped save an ancient city. The... More »

$1.3B of Nazi-Seized Art Found in Squalid Apartment

Dealer's son sat on huge stash for decades in Munich

(Newser) - German tax inspectors investigating an elderly loner were staggered to find a cache of 1,500 masterpieces stashed amid expired cans of food in the man's squalid Munich apartment. The art—believed to include works by Matisse, Picasso, and Chagall—was confiscated by Nazi authorities or bought for rock-bottom... More »

Handyman Stole 400 Picasso Works: Artist's Stepdaughter

He may have gotten another 200 from a neighbor

(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... More »

Picasso's Masterpieces Made With ... House Paint

Chemical study resolves art controversy: scientists

(Newser) - Picasso's great works had humble origins: They were painted using house paint, scientists say. Art historians have long debated whether Picasso was one of the first painters to use the standard enamel-based stuff rather than oil paints, but past paint-chip studies couldn't suss out the individual elements with... More »

Picasso, Matisse, Monet Works Stolen in Huge Heist

Several paintings lifted from Kunsthal Museum

(Newser) - Several paintings have been stolen in an overnight break-in at a Dutch museum, including a Picasso, a Matisse, and two Monets, the BBC reports. The Kunsthal Museum has no permanent collection, and is currently showing works by more than 150 famous artists as part of the Triton Foundation's 20th... More »

Houston Vandal Defaces Picasso

Man paints image of bull on 1929 painting

(Newser) - Police in Houston are searching for a vandal who spray-painted a Picasso painting. The man was captured on camera using a stencil to paint an image of a bull and the word "Conquista" on the Spanish master's 1929 "Woman in a Red Armchair," reports the Houston ... More »

5 Priciest Artworks Ever Auctioned

Pablo Picasso makes 2 appearances

(Newser) - Following the record-breaking sale of Edvard Munch's The Scream , the Guardian takes a look at the other biggest sales of art at auction. The top five:
  1. Edvard Munch, The Scream, $119.9 million.
  2. Pablo Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, $106.5 million.
  3. Alberto Giacometti, L'homme qui Marche
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Stolen Masterpieces 'Crushed by Garbage Truck'

Paris cops reveal fruits of art heist probe

(Newser) - A Paris watchmaker says he threw out several priceless works of art before being arrested last year, the Telegraph reports. Revealing a 17-month investigation today, police say a Serb nicknamed "Spiderman" stole works by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and others from a poorly guarded Paris museum in May 2010. An... More »

Gallery of Stolen Art Found in Picasso Suspect's Home

Cops say NJ man went on art theft spree last month

(Newser) - The New Jersey man arrested for stealing a Picass o from a San Francisco gallery last month was apparently trying to add to his personal collection of stolen art, police say. Authorities raided Mark Lugo's home in Hoboken and found 11 stolen artworks—including another Picasso drawing—worth a... More »

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