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Stolen Picasso is recovered

August 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Special forces have recovered a stolen Picasso and arrested a man planning to sell the painting, Iraqi police said.

"The Naked Woman" apparently was among the artwork looted from Kuwait during Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion, said police spokesman Maj. Muthana Khalid.

It was seized Tuesday during a raid at the suspect's house near the city of Hillah. Khalid said the man was trying to sell the painting for $450,000, but some Iraqi experts said it was worth $10 million.

The painting, which was signed by Pablo Picasso and bore inscriptions from "The Museum of Kuwait," was being held as evidence while the suspect was interrogated, he said.

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