Serbian police recover two stolen Picasso paintings

26th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Serbian police have recovered two works by Pablo Picasso stolen from a Swiss cultural centre in 2008, police said on Wednesday.

The two oil-paintings "Tete de Cheval" from 1962 and "Verre et Pichet" from 1944, valued at 3.1 million euros ($4.3 million), were discovered in a joint operation by Serbian and Swiss police, official Milorad Veljovic told the Beta news agency.

The two paintings, one showing a horse's head in blues, greys and whites and the other a still life of a glass and pitcher in red and green, belong to the Sprengel museum in Hanover, Germany, but were stolen from the cultural centre in Pfaeffikon, near Zurich, while on loan in 2008.

The Serbian authorities said an investigation into how the paintings came to be in Serbia and how they were hidden had been launched.

© 2011 AFP

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