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''The Naked Woman'' by Picasso

”The Naked Woman” by Picasso Photo: AP

Stolen Picasso painting ‘The Naked Woman’ found in Iraq

A Picasso painting stolen from Kuwait during Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion has been discovered in southern Iraq.

Iraqi police arrested a man who was planning to sell “The Naked Woman” during a raid on his house in southern Iraq, officials said on Wednesday.

The painting was apparently among the artwork looted from Kuwait by Iraqi forces, said police spokesman Maj. Muthana Khalid.

It was seized on Tuesday during a raid near the mainly Shia city of Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad.

Mr Khalid said the man was trying to sell the painting for $450,000 (£275,000), but some Iraqi experts who saw the painting said it was worth as much as $10 million.

The painting, which was signed by Pablo Picasso and bore inscriptions from “The Museum of Kuwait”, was being held as evidence while the suspected was interrogated, Mr Khalid said.

Goods and artwork from the neighbouring country’s wealthy homes and its national museum were hauled back to Iraq after the invasion, which led to the 1991 Gulf War.

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