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article imageEstate, electrician battle over works of Picasso

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 29, 2010 in Entertainment
An electrician who worked for Pablo Picasso, and the artist’s estate, are preparing to battle over more than 250 works of art which were previously unknown to most people.
Pierre Le Guennec, 71, installed burglar alarm systems at Picasso's houses in France during the three years before the artist died in 1973.
He said Picasso gave him 271 items including lithographs, paintings and sketches as gifts.
In September, he approached the artist's estate, hoping Picasso's son, Claude, would authenticate the items.
The BBC reported that, once they were authenticated, the family contacted France's specialist art police, who confiscated the paintings, and a lawyer filed a lawsuit on behalf of the heirs for alleged illegal receipt of the works.
Claude Picasso, who is director of the Picasso Administration, said his father would not have given one person so many pieces.
"To give away such a large quantity, that's unheard of. It doesn't add up," he told Liberation. "It was a part of his life."
Sky News reported that the Guennecs had stored the paintings inside a trunk in the garage of their home on the French Riviera, and that they said they had brought them to light because they were getting older and did not want to leave any “headaches” to their children.
The pieces are believed to be worth about 60 million euros (£50.6m - $78.6m).
It is believed that Picasso created more than 20,000 works of art during his career, which lasted from the 1880s to the 1970s, but there are hundreds listed as missing.
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