Brazen Picasso theft highlights art crime’s prominence

Pablo-Picasso-Tete-de-Femme-drawing-stolen-at-Weinstein-300x168.jpgPablo Picasso’s Tete de Femme pencil drawing was snatched from Weinstein art gallery in San Francisco. A video camera snapshot shows a man who appears to walk with a painting in his arms (right)

Art crime is a $6-billion-a-year business. It ranks fourth in crime, after drugs, money laundering, and illegal arms. Ten percent  of stolen art is from art galleries and museums. Last year, five paintings by Picasso, Matisse and several other prominent artists were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. The most recent statistic is a pencil drawing by Pablo Picasso which was stolen from the Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco on July 5, 2011, in a brazen midday theft.

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