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Hundreds of unknown Picasso works discovered in Paris‎

 
 
Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 02:43 pm
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29.11.2010
Trove of unknown Picasso works shocks heirs

Previously unknown works by Pablo Picasso, worth some 60 million euros, have turned up in southern France. Picasso heirs have filed a complaint alleging the works were stolen.

An immense collection of 271 previously unknown works by Pablo Picasso has turned up in southern France, uncovered by a 71-year old retired electrician and his wife.

The couple claims they received the works as gifts from Picasso or Picasso's wife. But Picasso's heirs have filed a complaint alleging the receipt of stolen goods, according to a report in Monday's French newspaper Liberation.

The works have a combined estimated worth of some 60 million euros (about $80 million). Jean-Jaques Neuer, a lawyer for the Picasso estate, said the couple showed many of the works to Picasso's son Claude and other administrators in September in order to have the canvases authenticated.

Claude Picasso and his employees examined the paintings in Paris for more than three hours, and said the works seem to be authentic. "I was very surprised. I was very excited to discover works we didn't know about," said Picasso.

He added that he was confused that the paintings were without dates, adding that they shouldn't have left Picasso's studio. "Those who know my father's work know that he would systematically put a date on everything," he said.

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 02:49 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
A lot of photos at the Liberation website

From today's Liberation (print edition)
http://i56.tinypic.com/mshaqb.jpg
http://i55.tinypic.com/2m7sxtd.jpg
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 02:54 pm
Wow! Cool beans, Walter . . . thanks . . .
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 02:56 pm
Retired electrician, huh? Now i wonder what that boy was up to . . .
Francis
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 02:58 pm
@Setanta,
It rages here, people are divided.

Some think the guy has stolen them, others think that the Picasso family is just greedy.

But the guy kept them in a box for thirty years..

Don't know..
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 02:58 pm
Interesting story unfolding there.
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McTag
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 03:00 pm
@Setanta,

Apparently the electrician waited 30 years because after that time he cannot be prosecuted for theft.

But the police/prosecutors are considering a charge of handling stolen goods against him, and the goods are embargoed pending legal process.
Francis
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 03:05 pm
@McTag,
On the other hand, as he worked long years for the Picasso household, I can understand that Picasso wife could have given him a box of marginal paintings and sketches..

Thirty years ago, they were not worth what they are today..
McTag
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 03:09 pm
@Francis,

But more than just a few sous, one supposes......
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 03:10 pm
Following..
at least they seem like the real thing, which would be neat. Odd about the dates though. I wonder if he dated every bit of work or only the ones that were acceptable to him at the moment or ever had a reject pile..
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 29 Nov, 2010 03:13 pm
@McTag,
Certainly, but a wife dealing daily with thousands of papers can be tempted to get rid of some..
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