The Associated Press tells the story of a toy sculpture that Picasso made for his daughter that wound up in the hands of an Italian businessman who had expropriated it from a friend. The owner’s widow had to send the Carabinieri to retrieve it for her:
Police say they have recovered from a Roman businessman Picasso’s “Little Guitar” toy sculpture made for the artist’s daughter Paloma.
Carabinieri police say Picasso had given the toy to his friend, Italian artist Giuseppe Vittorio Parisi. Parisi lent it to the businessman two years ago to build a glass showcase for it to be exhibited at the civic museum on Lake Maggiore.
But police say the unnamed businessman never returned the work, keeping it in a shoe box in his home in Pomezia.