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Picasso drawings worth €8 million stolen in Paris

Video by S.Drury , F.Stenneler , F.Genouzeau

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-10

A sketchbook of drawings by Pablo Picasso was stolen from the Picasso Museum in central Paris. Officials said the sketchbook, worth an estimated €8 million, was found missing on Tuesday morning.

AFP - A sketchbook of 32 drawings by Pablo Picasso valued at eight million euros (11 million dollars) has been stolen from a Paris museum, police said Tuesday.
   
Thieves seized the sketchbook from an unlocked glass case at the Picasso Museum in central Paris where officials discovered it missing on Tuesday morning.
   
Police said there were no signs of a break-in nor was the alarm set off at the Picasso Museum, which houses more than 250 paintings, 160 sculptures and 1,500 drawings by the Spanish artist.
   
A police source said the theft took place some time between Monday night and Tuesday at noon.
   
The sketchbook was stolen from a first-floor exhibition room at the museum located in Paris' fashionable Marais district.
   
The museum was closed to the public on Tuesday when the theft was discovered although some guests had been invited for a private viewing.
   
Museum officials declined to comment on the theft and the culture ministry was due to make a statement.
   
The Picasso Museum in Paris is set to close over the coming months to undergo major renovation work for a period of up to two years.
   
Works by Picasso, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, fetch record prices at auctions. Born in Malaga, the painter lived many years in Paris and died in 1973 in the French Riviera village of Mougins.
   
Two Picasso paintings worth an estimated 50 million euros were taken from the Paris home of Diana Widmaier-Picasso, the artist's granddaughter, in February 2007.
   
Four Picasso works stolen from a musem in Sao Paulo, Brazil in June 2008 were recovered undamaged a few weeks later.

Date created : 2009-06-09

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