At least two Pablo Picasso paintings have been stolen from the Paris apartment of the grand-daughter of Picasso, Diana Widmaier-Picasso. The works are estimated to be worth more than $60 million US dollars.
They include a 1938 portrait of Pablo’s daughter Maya holding a doll and a portrait of his second wife Jacqueline Roque.
Mainstream news has picked up the story, so there’s plenty of reports out there. Here’s what they are saying..
The BBC says.. “There was no evidence of a break-in at the home of Diana Widmaier-Picasso, in Paris’s chic seventh arrondissement. The organised crime squad of the Paris police force is investigating.”
The Sydney Morning Herald says.. “Police said they were examining a door lock to see if it was broken, and that they were unsure if the alarm system was turned on at the time.
Once inside, the burglars cut the edges of one painting, “Maya and the Doll,” to take it out of its frame, a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.”
NY Times says.. “Ms. Widmaier-Picasso and her mother, Maya, the daughter of Picasso’s longtime mistress Marie-Therese Walter, were asleep in the house when the theft occurred. “They heard a noise, went downstairs and saw nothing,” Ms. Astolfe said. “They went to bed and the following morning they saw that two paintings were missing.”
And CBC says.. “Art experts have said that stolen works — like Maya with Doll and Portrait of Jacqueline — could never be sold on the open market because the canvases, and the theft of them, are too well known around the globe.”
That pretty much sums up every report on the stolen Picasso paintings that I read online! I should get a life!