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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:54

Italian Police Seize $16 Million Picasso From Pensioner

Pablo Picasso and Francois Gilot, 1952. Pablo Picasso and Francois Gilot, 1952. Flickr

Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth €15 m (£11m) after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free.

The Rome resident, a former frame-maker, told detectives he received the work in 1978 as a thank-you gift for an act of kindness towards a recently bereaved customer.

A widower had come into his shop in a state of distress after breaking a photo frame in which he kept a picture of his late wife. Touched, the frame-maker replaced the glass for free.

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