ANKARA: Turkish police have recovered an original painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in an undercover operation in Istanbul, state-run Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday.
The operation targeted alleged art thieves attempting to sell the painting “Woman Dressing Her Hair” which was stolen from a collector in New York, Anatolia said.
Turkish police, posing as potential buyers, met the prospective sellers at a hotel and then at a yacht in an Istanbul marina, the report revealed.
The suspects are alleged to have initially demanded 8 million dollars for the painting but later settled on 7 million. The officers then arranged a meeting Friday at a cafe, where they arrested two people, Anatolia said, citing police sources