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Spanish Police Recover Works by Picasso and Botero which Were Stolen in Getafe
A steel sculpture, valuated at 800,000 Euros, by Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002). A van containing some 20 artworks, including Chillida's steel sculpture, has been stolen at a factory premises in Getafe on Madrid's outskirts on 27 November 2010, after returning from Germany, where they had been on display at the Stephan Ropke gallery in Cologne. The artworks by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Fernando Botero, Antoni Tapies, among others, were reportedly valuated at five million Euros. EPA/NIEVES FERNANDEZ GALLERY.
MADRID (AP).- Spanish police say they have recovered artworks including pieces by Picasso, Colombian artist Fernando Botero and Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida that were stolen from a Madrid warehouse.

Specialized Crimes unit chief Dionisio Martin said Monday the art was found in a stolen truck in an industrial area on Madrid's southern outskirts.

The pieces, recovered Saturday, had a total value of some euro5 million ($6.5 million), Martin said.

He said 35 pieces were stolen and one remains missing. No arrests have been made so far.

Martin said the thieves had tried to sell one of Chillida's metal sculptures to a scrap dealer.

The works were stolen on Nov. 27 by thieves who broke into the warehouse and stole a vehicle containing them.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.



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