Although the apparent value of the Pablo Picasso sketch stolen last summer from a Union Square art gallery has surged, owner Rowland Weinstein said he’s no longer selling the work, which he put back on display Monday.The notorious heist of Picasso’s 1965 pencil drawing “Tête de Femme” has brought so much foot traffic to the Weinstein Gallery that keeping it on display is more valuable than the art itself, Weinstein said. Read More
The unemployed New Jersey sommelier who brazenly stole a Pablo Picasso sketch from a Union Square art gallery in July will be extradited to New York late next month to face charges that he swiped more pricey artworks from Manhattan hotels and galleries. Read More
He appears to favor ritzy hotels, fine wine and pricey artwork.
But the motive for 30-year-old Mark Lugo, who worked at the high-end New York restaurant BLT Fish as a beverage manager, to allegedly steal a Picasso sketch from a San Francisco art gallery remains unknown to police.
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A suspect is in custody in the brazen midday theft of a pricey Pablo Picasso sketch from a Union Square art gallery on Tuesday, police announced Thursday.
News outlets are reporting that police have also recovered the Picasso original worth more than $200,000.
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An original Picasso artwork worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was taken from a San Francisco art gallery Tuesday morning in a brazen daylight heist, according to police and the gallery.
A man walked into the Weinstein Gallery in the 300 block of Geary Street about 11:40 a.m., plucked the drawing off the wall and left in a taxicab, police said. Read More