This image released on Tuesday March 26, 2019 by Arthur Brand, shows Dutch art detective Arthur Brand with "Buste de Femme", a recovered Picasso painting. The painting was stolen from a wealthy Saudi's yacht 20 years ago.

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Dutch art sleuth recovers Picasso stolen 20 years ago

March 26, 2019 - 6:47 am
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch art detective says he has recovered a valuable painting by Pablo Picasso 20 years after it was stolen from a wealthy Saudi's yacht in France.

Arthur Brand said Tuesday that he took possession two weeks ago of the 1938 painting "Buste de Femme" after trailing it for years in Amsterdam.

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Brand, a renowned sleuth whose previous finds include a pair of bronze horses sculpted for Adolf Hitler, has since handed over the painting, which he estimates to be worth some 25 million euros ($28 million), to an insurance company.

Brand says he knew it was the real thing as soon as he got his hands on it.

He says, "you know it's a Picasso because there is some magic coming off it."

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