Picasso ‘national treasure’ seized by French customs
Published: August 6, 2015 5:06 pm
06 August 2015, Nirapad News: A painting by Pablo Picasso said to be worth 25 million euros was seized by French authorities last week, the French customs office announced Tuesday.
The work of art entitled “Head of a Young Woman” has been ruled a Spanish cultural asset and wasn’t supposed to leave the country.
The affiliate said the painting is owned by Spanish banking tycoon Jaime Botin, who has been trying to get permission to export the Picasso since 2012.
It was discovered by customs officials on the island of Corsica, a French territory, on Friday after a tip that it was on its way to Switzerland, authorities said.
The captain of the boat was carrying only two documents, one of which cited a Spanish Court ordering in May barring the painting from going abroad.
Picasso finished the oil work in 1906. French customs officials are now awaiting an official Spanish request to recover the painting. ?