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The Art World’s Very Own Indiana Jones

Dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the Art World,” Dutch detective Arthur Brand has just recovered a stolen Picasso painting worth $28.2 million. Like the storyline of a heist movie, the 1938 painting Buste de Femme (Dora Maar)—depicting one of the artist’s mistresseswas stolen in 1999 from “a Saudi sheikh’s yacht on the French Riviera.” Brand (who spent four years on the hunt) says the painting was used as collateral in drug and arms deals—having changed hands 10+ times. “I hung the Picasso on my wall for a night, thereby making my apartment one of the most expensive in Amsterdam for a day,” he tells AFP. Read more there.

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