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Picasso theft suspects in custody
Two police officers with the Picasso works which were stolen
The works were still in good condition when police found them
Two alleged art thieves have been remanded in custody in Paris over the disappearance of two paintings and a drawing by Pablo Picasso.

A third man linked to the case is still considered a "supervised witness".

All are suspected of being involved in taking the works from the flat of the artist's granddaughter in February.

The paintings - Portrait of Jacqueline and Maya with Doll - were found this week, along with the drawing Marie-Therese at Age 21.

They were apparently in good condition and were recovered following a tip-off from a contact in the art world.

Highly-valued

The three men, who are aged between 45 and 60, were arrested on Tuesday, and appeared in court in the French capital on Thursday.

The two now in custody are under judicial investigation, the first step in the process of formally charging a suspect.

And the third is likely to face further questioning as part of the case.

The works have a combined value of more than 50 million euros (33.9 million).

Portrait of Jacqueline depicts the Spanish painter's second wife, while Maya with Doll features Picasso's daughter, and originates from 1938.


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