NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Picasso painting worth millions of dollars was stolen in France, and smuggled into the U.S. by someone who falsely labeled it as an “art craft” when it was shipped, authorities said Thursday.
Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch filed a civil forfeiture complaint Thursday over Pablo Picasso’s 1911 cubist painting called “The Hairdresser.”READ MORE: Police: 2 Men Wanted In Violent Queens Home Invasion Stole $3,000 From Woman At Gunpoint
Authorities said the 1911 painting disappeared from a storeroom at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. It was reported stolen in November 2001.READ MORE: Police: 14-Year-Old Robbed Inside Bronx Laundromat
The painting’s location remained unknown until it arrived in the United States in December 2014. Lynch says the shipping label described the contents as an “art craft/toy” worth about $37.
There was no information on whether anyone had been arrested in connection to the shipment.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Man Charged With Murder In Quadruple Stabbing That Killed Good Samaritan
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