Iraqi authorities found a stolen painting by famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso said to be “worth millions of dollars” during a drug crackdown in Diyala province on Saturday. claims.
“A painting by the international painter Picasso has been seized as their property,” Colonel Bilal Sobi of the Anti-Drug Media Department said in a statement. Iraq News Agency.
Mr Sobhi added that the raids were part of a larger crackdown on drug trafficking that began last month. Security forces have arrested 1,300 suspects and seized “44 kg of narcotic substances” and “37 kg of crystal stimulants” since the operation began, he said.
“Drug trafficking has also been linked to many crimes, including murder, theft, kidnapping, rape, gang formation, corruption and family breakdown,” the official said, also extending to the trade in antiques. Said there was
Details of the work attributed to Picasso have not been released by the Interior Ministry, but this is not the first time Iraqi authorities have claimed to have recovered a Picasso painting.
2009, police arrested A man in Hillah, south of Baghdad, was trying to sell what he claimed to be Picasso’s work for $450,000, AFP reported.
The painting, believed to be Picasso’s “Naked Woman,” was reportedly stolen from the Kuwait National Museum. Saddam Hussein’s It invaded the Gulf States in 1990. This was later disputed by officials at the Louvre Museum in Paris, but the National Museum debunked the claim, saying the painting was a forgery.
A renowned pioneer of the Cubist movement, he had never visited the Middle East, but was influenced by art from all over the world and described himself as an “oriental”. The curator of the exhibition “Picasso and the Arab Avant-Garde” held from April to last month spoke RFIs “Picasso was from Andalusia, in the south of Spain, so he also had connections to Arabic culture.”
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