Retired French electrician and wife guilty of 'receiving' stolen Picasso hoard


The pensioner claimed 271 works by Pablo Picasso, stored in his garage, were gifts from the artist's widow for odd jobs he did at her home.

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He had claimed the pile of sketches, drawings and “crumpled paper” was no more than a dull-looking gift that he left in a cardboard box in his garage for 40 years. But Pierre Le Guennec, a retired electrician from the Côte d’Azur, and his wife, Danielle, were convicted on Friday of possessing stolen goods in the form of a staggering cache of 271 works by Pablo Picasso, reports The Guardian.