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­A rare find: 'Lost' Picasso piece discovered in US museum

Published time: August 18, 2012 12:21
Edited time: August 18, 2012 18:19
Photo courtesy of Michael Wheatley, Evansville Museum (Image from wibc.com)

Photo courtesy of Michael Wheatley, Evansville Museum (Image from wibc.com)

A rare work by Pablo Picasso was discovered at Indiana's Evansville Museum, after going unnoticed in storage rooms for a half-century. The masterpiece is about to be given new life as specialists estimate how much it will fetch at auction.

The layered glass artwork "Seated Woman with Red Hat" was created in the 1950s, and was misplaced and kept in storage by the museum since 1963 due to an attribution mistake.

"Now that we have a full understanding of the requirements and additional expenses to display, secure, preserve and insure the piece, it is clear those additional costs would place a prohibitive financial burden on the museum," the Evansville Courier & Press quoted R. Steven Krohn, the president of the museum's board of trustees as saying.

The work will be sold through a private New York auction house within six months.

The piece is one of around 50 similar creations by Picasso. He is believed to have produced the glassworks between 1954 and 1956, while he was living in France.

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