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Ball point pen on todays newsprint

Okay, let's see, one toolbox-check, post hole digger-check, leaf blower-check, snow shovels-check, bicycle with flat tire-check, trove of Picasso's worth $83 million...

Did Picasso, who saved every scribble he ever made, really give away 271 works to an electrician who installed burglar alarms in his homes? That's what Pierre La Guennec would like you to believe. The retired electrician has a trunk full of undocumented Picasso's worth over $80 million that he claims were a gift by the artist and have been sitting in his garage for decades. Picasso's heirs however are claiming theft and authorities have seized the art.

Stay tuned.

Read the story in todays NYT

3 Comments
  1. Pat
    November 30, 2010 -

    Larry, Interesting story...what do you think?

  2. November 30, 2010 -

    Seems like a he said, she said case. Not sure if they could prove it since Picasso is dead, but if I were a working man with children, I don't think I would wait until I was on my deathbed to cash in the fortune I had in my garage and improve my families lot. Sitting in the garage he wasn't enjoying them for their aesthetics so why did he keep it a secret for so long? My guess is he used his access while putting in the alarm to help himself to some art.

  3. November 30, 2010 -

    Fascinating story. I heard that Picasso was always quite generous with his work, but that he ALWAYS, in ledgers, dated and gave annotated info on whom his gifts went to, etc, and his family says there's no way all of these would have "escaped" this way. I tend to believe the kids in this instance.