Turkish Police Seize Stolen Picasso Painting

Stolen Picasso Painting
Turkish police officers reveal Piscasso's "Nude Dressing Her Hair" to the public after recovering the stolen painting in an anti-smuggling bust. Source: Video Magazine/YouTube

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 30 (UPI) — Turkish police successfully recovered a Pablo Picasso painting dated 1940, which was stolen from an American collector.

In a anti-smuggling raid Friday night, police capped off a month of undercover meetings with smugglers aimed at recovering the painting. Operation “Peace in the Seven Hills” concluded with the capture of two smugglers in Istanbul’s Fatih district. Daily Sabah reported they intended to sell the painting to undercover cops for $7 million.

Officers presented the painting to the public Saturday, before sending it off to Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University for examination.

The painting, called “Nude Dressing Her Hair” depicts Dora Maar, Picasso’s longtime lover.


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