Swiss art dealer charged in France with stealing Picassos

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PARIS: Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier was charged Monday by a Paris court with stealing paintings by Pablo Picasso, a charge he categorically denied. The 52-year-old, under investigation for repeated theft, must hand over 27 million euros ($31 million) in caution money — the sum said to have been paid by Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev for two Picasso masterpieces, including “Woman with Fan,” and 58 drawings. The investigation was opened after a complaint in March by Catherine Hutin-Blay, the iconic painter’s stepdaughter. She claimed, after a Brazilian restoration expert raised the alarm, that several artworks that belonged to her had been stolen.

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