Italy’s art police recover missing Picasso painting
Italian investigators have found Pablo Picasso’s missing 1912 “Violin and Bottle of Bass” oil painting. The authenticated work was given to a retired frame maker in Rome nearly 40 years ago and then forgotten about.
A special Italian police squad tasked with tracking down stolen art announced Friday they had confiscated the painting last year when the retiree sought official permission to export the work so it could be sold at auction.
The lost oil paining, portraying a violin and a beer bottle, has an estimated value of 15 million euros ($16.3 million).
Police said an unknown elderly man gave the frame maker the Picasso work in exchange for repairing a treasured picture frame of his client’s deceased wife at no charge.
The frame maker said he did not know the painting’s worth until last year when he casually discovered its authorship.
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Source News: DW