Miss­ing Pablo Pi­casso paint­ing found in US to be re­turned to France

The China Post - - ARTS -

“La Coif­feuse,” a cu­bist work by Pi­casso worth about US$15 mil­lion, will be re­turned to France where it was stolen 17 years ago, U.S. of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

The paint­ing, whose name means “The Hair­dresser,” was re­cov­ered last year around Christ­mas, wrapped in par­cel pa­per.

It had been sent via FedEx from Bel­gium by some­one who had de­clared it con­tained an arts and crafts gift val­ued at US$37.

But when the pack­age was in­spected, of­fi­cials at the fa­cil­ity in Ne­wark, New Jersey found the 33 cen­time­ter by 46 cen­time­ter work.

The U.S. Immigration and Cus­toms En­force­ment (ICE) agency said the paint­ing, which is owned by the French state, will be re­turned to the French em­bassy in Washington.

Another Pi­casso worth over 25 mil­lion eu­ros, seized from a yacht off the French is­land of Cor­sica, was trans­ferred Tues­day to a Madrid mu­seum.

That paint­ing, which was sub­ject to a Span­ish ex­port ban, had been seized by French cus­toms at the end of July.

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