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Last Updated: Monday, 2 May, 2005, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Arrest over stolen Picasso piece
Pablo Picasso
View of Cannes was the second Picasso recovered in one month
Seven stolen works of art, including a piece by Pablo Picasso, have been recovered in Italy.

Among the 20th Century works retrieved were a sculpture by Italian Arnaldo Pomodoro and a piece by British modern artists Gilbert and George.

Police have arrested one man in Nice, France, who they suspect of trafficking the art to Italy.

Picasso's View of Cannes had been in a private collection when it was stolen in 1992.

The seven recovered pieces, which also included a painting by Italian Giorgio Morandi, were estimated to be worth 1.3m euros (881,743).

Hidden treasure

Italian police captain Andrea Ilari said nine other people were under investigation in the case, which was being held in conjunction with Interpol.

He said it was suspected the works were to be sold in Italy and other countries.

In a separate case, Picasso's Nature Morte a la Charlotte, was recently recovered hidden behind a wardrobe in Paris after it went missing from the French capital's Pompidou Centre.

The painting, valued at 2.5m euros (1.7m), has since been returned to the museum where it had been awaiting restoration before it went missing.



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