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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stolen Art Watch, Columbia $65,000 Stolen Picasso Not To Be Sniffed At

Picasso painting stolen in Colombia

A Pablo Picasso etching valued at $65,000 was stolen from a museum in southwestern Colombia, the institution said today.

The painting, untitled and dated 1930, disappeared Friday afternoon from the wall where it was hanging at the Casa Museo Negret and MIAMP museum in Popayan, museum director Oscar Hernandez said.

Hernandez said that the engraving depicted the Greek god of wine Dionysus with a woman in his arms was last seen before two foreigners entered the museum.

Popayan authorities offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to recovery of the work.

The engraving was donated to the museum in 2004 by Colombian sculptor Edgar Negret, who was born in Popayan in 1920

Ramiro Nadia, mayor of Popayan, told reporters the museum under the jurisdiction of the city hall does not have "the technical equipment to protect these art works" due to high security cost.

Joy Hawken country scene watercolours stolen

Original and "distinctive" watercolours by Joy Hawken have been stolen in a burglary in Northamptonshire.

A dozen paintings, all signed and unframed, were taken in the Ravensthorpe area between midday on 27 September and the night of 23 October.

Police said the paintings feature country scenes of horses, cockerels and hounds.

Art dealers, auction houses and picture galleries have been alerted.

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