Lost Picasso mystery at Pompidou Centre

21st May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 19 (AFP) - A painting by Pablo Picasso valued at EUR 2.5 million (USD 3 million) has apparently been stolen from a workshop belonging to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, French police said Wednesday.

PARIS, May 19 (AFP) - A painting by Pablo Picasso valued at EUR 2.5 million (USD 3 million) has apparently been stolen from a workshop belonging to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, French police said Wednesday.

"Nature morte a la charlotte," a small Cubist work completed in 1924, was last seen in the workshop where it was being restored on January 12, and its disappearance was noticed on Friday, police said.

"They have searched high and low, and now the Pompidou Centre thinks it must have been stolen. That is certainly the theory we are working under," said a police officer.

According to Jean-Pierre Biron, communications director at the Pompidou Centre, the painting is unsellable because it is so well-known.

The work - a still-life in shades of brown and blue centred round a tart on a plate - was being restored before going on loan to a museum in the northern French town of Roubaix.

© AFP

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