What a tasteless crime! It has been reported that an original piece of Picasso’s Bresnu Collection has been snatched from the San Francisco Weinstein Gallery on Tuesday morning. The 1962 drawing, “Tête de femme,” was believed to be worth about $200,000; gallery owner Rowland Weinstein gold hold of it in May at a New York auction for approximately $125,000, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
Never having a piece stolen in his 20-year tenure in The Golden Gate City, Weinsten claimed the framed piece was securely fastened to a wall of the gallery, which in hindsight, should have prevented any theft. “Most galleries that show this caliber of artwork don’t put it on street level,” he said. “It’s very upsetting, because my goal is to keep this kind of work accessible to the public, and there’s always a risk to that,” Weinstein shared with the San Francisco Examiner.
The crime will not go unsolved, for efforts from the gallery have been made to contact fellow art houses and a lost art registry in San Fran, with faith the piece will be recovered.
For now, investigators are left with a detailed description of the suspect, with witnesses stating, “He was wearing a dark jacket, light shirt, dark pants, loafers with no socks and large sunglasses,” a 6-foot Caucasian male ranging between 32 and 35 years old.
As Picasso’s chauffer, Maurice Bresnu would receive sketch drawings from the artist as gifts. Unfortunately, a part of the timeless collection has gone missing, hopefully to be returned to it’s rightful home.
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