Art pops up in the most unexpected places (see my post about Michaelangelo’s work found behind a sofa…). 271 pieces of Pablo Picasso‘s work have now turned up in a garage on the French Rivera. They have lain there in a cardboard box for 40 years. Retired electrician 71-year-old Pierre Le Guennec sought to have them authenticated by the Picasso administration. The artist’s son Claude Picasso and 5 other heirs say that the works are stolen and have slapped a lawsuit upon Le Guennec.
The previously unseen work includes drawings, lithographs, cubist collages, a watercolour and notebooks. They are estimated to be worth between 60 -80 million dollars according to different sources. Le Guennec included photographs of 27 of the works in an email to the Picasso administration. Christine Pinault, Claude Picasso’s assistant and an employee of the Picasso Administration and the family have acknowledge authenticity but question how Le Guennec came into possession of the works. Le Guennec says that he received the works from Picasso’s wife in return for alarm systems he installed. The family say that whilst Picasso did give gifts – he usually dedicated them.
Meanwhile, the works were seized by France’s Central Office for the Fight Against Traffic in Cultural Goods October 5 and are now holding them in a vault at its Nanterre office, northwest of Paris. The couple have said theat they don’t want to sell them – just have them authenticated and clear the matter up for their children. I wonder what the outcome shall be of this interesting case?
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