A Picasso, stolen by Saudi businessman Abdul Mohsen Addulmalik al-Sheikh in 1999 and used by criminals as collateral, was tracked down by Dutch stolen art detective Arthur Brand ,
Buste de Femme A portrait of Picasso's lover Dora Maar, painted only a year after Guerníca in 1938, was a personal favorite of the artist, who did not sign because he never wanted to be sold. It ended after his death at the Pace Gallery in New York, where the sheikh bought it for $ 4 million. It's now worth an estimated $ 25 million.
In an interview with the Volkskrant brand, whose youngest hero had found two stolen Spanish Visigoth carvings, he said he had come to nothing in 201
At one point from one of his informants in the criminal environment, Brand came into contact with a & quot; Quote500 & nbsp; & nbsp; businessman, who told him he had the painting in his possession of a deal with 'certain People "with an accompanying" Hahn and Bull "story, but which has since" gotten rid of ".
Brand says the people he's talked to said that the painting has since been used as security in the Dutch crime scene in 2002. The contacts later told Brand that the painting hung on the wall of another businessman who wanted that it has disappeared.
"You dare not go to the police. How will you explain the situation? They are afraid that they will be accused of theft. And then they come to me, "Brand said in the paper.
The businessman had reversed the painting with the certainty that the statute of limitations for theft would apply and that a voluntary return would be a civil matter, not a crime.
The painting, uninsured, spent a night on the wall of Amsterdam's apartment by Brand, is still in good condition.
"Another two years and It would have been a different story. Their way was used as safety in shops means that it was stored in damp cellars and trunk of cars. The colors would have faded and the canvas might break. But we were just in time, "Brand said.
Brand told the newspaper he had tried to contact the owner of the picture, but had not heard of it before." It's too bad, because it's a bit of a miracle that it even showed up. I do not think the sheikh would ever meet her eyes again.
The painting is now held by an insurance company that will decide what to do next.
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