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Disputed Picasso trove: A retired electrician who used to work for Pablo Picasso is being sued by the painter’s estate, which claims he stole some 271 previously unknown works valued at roughly $80 million. Pierre Le Guennec, 71, had worked for Picasso for three years, and then for Picasso’s widow Jacqueline for 13, until her death in 1986. This January, Le Guennec asked the estate to authenticate the works—mostly collages, drawings, and lithographs produced in the first third of the 20th century—which he said the couple had given him over the years. After the artist’s heirs determined that the works were authentic, they sued for possession. “It doesn’t make sense that Picasso would give 271 works,” said Jean-Jacques Neuer, a lawyer for the Picasso family. “There is no proof that this man was Picasso’s close friend. It is simply unbelievable.”

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