20.06.2018. Impressionist and Modern art evening sale.
Pablo Picasso, Le Christ de Montmartre,
watercolour, wash and pen and ink on paper, 37.3 x 26.7 cm, 1904.
Estimate USD 527,999 - 791,999.
Pablo Picasso, Femme accroupie, gouache and watercolour on paper, 54.5 x 38.5 cm, 1903.
Estimate USD 923,999 - 1,319,999.
Both are property from the personal collection of Max Bollag.
These two paintings were first (!) stolen from Bollag’s gallery at 1991, and recovered in February 1992. Three men were jailed for 18 months to three years.
In 1994 they were stolen again (!), in Zurich. The thieves forced their way into the Modern Art Centre at the weekend from the cellar of a neighbouring house.
Paintings were recovered in 2000. A Swiss man and two Italians were jailed for the theft.
Photo: Max Bollag holds up the reprints of two Picasso which were stolen by trick thieves from his art gallery ''El Tonto'' in Zurich, June 12, 1991.