$65,000 Picasso etching stolen in Colombia

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A Pablo Picasso etching valued at $65,000 was stolen from a museum in southwestern Colombia, the institution said Tuesday.

The painting, untitled and dated 1930, disappeared Friday afternoon from the wall where it was hanging at the Casa Museo Negret and MIAMP museum in Popayan, museum director Oscar Hernandez said.

Hernandez said that the engraving depicted the Greek god of wine Dionysus with a woman in his arms was last seen before two foreigners entered the museum.

Popayan authorities offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to recovery of the work.

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

© 2011 AFP

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