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Picasso masterpiece ‘stolen’

Published on 20/05/2004

20 May 2004

PARIS – A Pablo Picasso painting valued at EUR 2.5m was reported to have been stolen from a workshop belonging to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, French police said Thursday.

Nature morte a la charlotte, a small Cubist work completed in 1924, was last seen in a restoration studio at the workshop on 12 January.

It was found to be missing on Friday.

“They have searched high and low, and now the Pompidou Centre thinks it must have been stolen,” a police officer told the AFP news agency.

“That is certainly the theory we are working under,” he added.

An official from the museum said the painting could not be sold because it was too well known.

The still life in shades of brown and blue was being restored before going on loan to a museum in northern France.

One of Picasso’s earlier paintings, Garcon a la Pipe, was sold to at Sotheby’s in New York earlier this month for EUR 86.6 million (GBP 58 million), making it the most expensive painting in the world.

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