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Stolen Picasso etching recovered in Colombia

Published on 29/02/2012

An etching by renowned Spanish painter Pablo Picasso has been recovered after being stolen from a museum in southwestern Colombia, the local prosecutor's office announced Wednesday.

The etching, valued at $65,000, was stolen from the Casa Museo Negret and MIAMP museum in Popayan last October.

Police recovered it when a man tried to sell it to a commercial establishment in Popayan, said a press release from city officials. The suspect was arrested.

After the theft, authorities in Popayan offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to recovery of the etching.

The etching, untitled and dated 1930, disappeared from a wall of the museum where it was on display. It depicts the Greek god of wine Dionysus with a woman in his arms.

The etching was donated to the museum in 2004 by Colombian sculptor Edgar Negret, who was born in Popayan in 1920.