Stolen Picasso painting 'La Coiffeuse' returned to France

US returns stolen 15-million-dollar Picasso painting ‘La Coiffeuse’ to France after found in FedEx shipment

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A stolen painting by Pablo Picasso entitled "La Coiffeuse" worth an estimated $15 million sits on an easel at a ceremony where US law enforcement officials repatriated it to the government of France at the French embassy in Washington August 13, 2015

The stolen Picasso painting “La Coiffeuse” was returned to France on Thursday by US officials after the painting was found nine months ago in a FedEx shipment listed at a price of 37 dollars.

Sarah Saldana, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director, handed over the oil painting to French officials in a ceremony at the French Embassy.

Saldana spoke with reporters expressing satisfaction after the finding of the painting.

“We're so glad that it's going to be shown to the world again," she said.

Customs agents found the painting in a FedEx shipment going from Belgium to Newark, New Jersey.

The contents in the shipping label were described as a handicraft worth 37 dollars.

Officials did not further comment about the details of the investigation held after the finding of the painting.

"La Coiffeuse," also named as "The Hairdresser," was last displayed in 1998 in Munich, Germany, and was returned to the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the painting was later reported stolen from its archives in 2001.

Over 7,800 items have been returned to their home countries since 2007 by the Homeland Security Investigations unit of US Customs, the agency said in a statement.


TRTWorld, Reuters