A well-known US based art dealer consigned this work for sale with Bonham’s in New York. The work was sent to Paris for authentication but was held up when Claude Picasso informed the auction house that the work was being claimed by a Parisian auction house who reported it stolen in 2012. However, the current possessor had convincing documentation (including the original receipt) that the work had been in his collection since 1970.
The dealer contacted Art Recovery International to prove that his sculpture could not possibly be the one stolen from Millon & Associés in 2012. With zero cooperation from the theft victim, ARI was able to convince Mr. Picasso that while the edition numbers were the same, this Picasso bronze "Poupée" was NOT the same one that was stolen in Paris in 2012. A certificate was issued and the sale was allowed to proceed (scheduled for November 2019). At ARI we represent victims of crime as well as art dealers who are being wrongfully accused of possessing stolen art. Uncovering the truth with complete transparency is always our primary objective.