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Saturday, March 13, 1999 Published at 23:43 GMT


World: Europe

Missing Picasso mystery

Pablo Picasso: Often used Dora Maar for his inspiration

French police have arrested the captain and crew of a luxury yacht in connection with the disappearance of a Picasso painting worth $7m dollars.

The yacht, Coral Island, was owned by a Saudi businessman, whose identity has not been disclosed by the police.

It was undergoing a refit in the Mediterranean resort of Antibes when the alleged theft was discovered.

The painting, called Bust of a Woman, featured Picasso's mistress, Dora Maar.

The Saudi owners of the ship are said to have reported the missing painting on Thursday.

The yacht is said to house a considerable collection, including paintings by Picasso and Matisse.

Bust of a Woman, had been scheduled for exhibition in New York soon.



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