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Two Picassos stolen in Brazil


CCTV captures the thieves entering and leaving the museum

Armed robbers in Sao Paulo in Brazil have stolen two Picasso engravings and two works by famous Brazilian artists.

The men were seen on closed-circuit TV entering the Estacao Pinacoteca gallery in broad daylight, unmasked.

A print from Picasso's The Painter and the Model series and Minotaur, Drinker and Women were taken. The stolen works were valued at $600,000 (308,350).

This is the second theft of work by Picasso in the centre of Sao Paulo in only six months.

Two oil paintings by the Brazilian artists Emiliano Di Cavalcanti and Lasar Segall were also stolen.

The museum says all the works are insured.

Last year, Pablo Picasso's Portrait of Suzanne Bloch and The Coffee Worker by Brazil's Candido Portinari, were taken from the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo.

The framed paintings were later recovered in perfect condition, leaning against a wall in a house on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

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