The art circuit is all tensed up. Pablo Picasso’s famous sketchbook complete with crayon drawing has been reported stolen from the Picasso National Museum in Paris. The 32 drawings are estimated to be worth between $8.4 million and $14Â million. The spectacular designs date back to 1917 to 1924. Being exhibited at the first floor of the building, the sketchbook was not noticed missing until before lunchtime last Tuesday. Apparently, there were no signs of any kind of a break-in. Even the alarm system did not go off.
The pad measures 6 inch by 9 inch and was kept in ahigh security glass cabinet which could be opened with a special key. People are raising questions on the absence of security cameras. The authorities have said in their defence that the Daniel Buren’s works were on display which included a giant mirror, and it might have blocked the view of the staff.
Sounds like quite a movie plot. Just so you know, many of Picasso’s works have been moved to oter places on loan to raise money for the museum’s renovations. Everyone is worried that the sketches might be broken up and sold indvidually on the black market.