22 Dec 2010

Stolen art works recovered

10:33 am on 22 December 2010

Police in Spain have recovered a truckload of stolen art works after one of the thieves tried to sell a sculpture to a scrap dealer.

Thirty-five works by Pablo Picasso, Eduardo Chillida and others were stolen from a warehouse south of Madrid on 27 November. They had just been brought back from an exhibition in Germany and were still in a truck.

Police were tipped off that Topos IV, by Chillida, worth 800,000 euros, had been offered to a scrapyard for 30 euros.

The BBC reports the other works were found nearby. Their combined value is thought to be more than 5 million euros.

No arrests have been made yet.