An Inside Job? $200 Million in Stolen Pica$$os

Bullet Shih Mar, 2012 0
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Le Monde is reporting an interesting case in which involves two separate troves of over 250 unknown works by Picasso which were in possession of his chauffeur and electrician who worked for the Spanish master  during his final years in the South of France.  Chauffeur Maurice Bresnu worked for Picasso from 1966 to 1973 and after the death of Picasso 1973 and his wife Jacqueline Roque in 1986 their collection of over 250 works by the late master believed to be worth over $75 million appeared.  Bresnu died in 1991 and his wife Jacqueline died in 2009.  In 2010 another employee, electrician Pierre Le Guennec who worked for Picasso from 1971 – 1973, funnily enough installing security alarms, reported an unknown collection of 271 works by Picasso believed to be worth more than $125 million.  Claude Picasso, the son of Pablo, after being asked to authenticate the works was convinced that the works were stolen and reported Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle to the French authorities.  In May 2011, they were indicted as the works are still held up in court and the case are still pending.  It has recently been reported that Pierre Le Guennec was the cousin Jacqueline Bresnu.  Adding an even more familiar twist, Bernard and wife Dominique Lambert who was the niece of Maurice Bresnu recently admitted that Bernard acted as a middle man, selling works from the Bresnu stash that they were convinced were stolen.  It will be interesting to see if these disputed Picassos result in another volume in the 33 volume edition of Christian Zervos’s Picasso inventory of works.



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