A billionaire banker’s attempt to illegally export Picasso’s “Head of a Young Woman” is averted by French authorities.
Worth an estimated $27 million, Picasso’s “Head of a Young Woman” is the type of stunning original that only the financial elite can afford. Unfortunately for Spanish banker Jaime Botin, he’ll need to find another after trying to unlawfully export the painting from its home country of Spain.
Botin, who acquired the piece in 2012, has been trying to get permission to take it out of the country ever since. According to multiple reports, Spanish courts ruled the painting “unexportable” because of its significant cultural interest. Regardless, Botin attempted to move the painting to Switzerland via his yacht, which was found by French authorities docked at Corsica, a Mediterranean island between France and Italy, on July 31. The painting, which was onboard, had no documentation but was carefully packed for transport.
French authorities have taken the work to a secure location where they await the arrival of Spanish experts to retrieve the piece.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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