Thieves Offer Scrap Dealer $1M Sculpture for $65

Stolen Chillida, Picasso works recovered
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2010 4:43 AM CST
Thieves Offer Scrap Dealer $1M Sculpture for $65
A sculpture by Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida stands in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Germany.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

A Spanish gang of late contenders for the "Dumbest Criminal of 2010" award offered to sell a scrap merchant an iron sculpture worth close to $1 million ... for just $65, police say. The artwork, by Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida, has been recovered, along with works by Pablo Picasso and Fernando Botero that were stolen when crooks made off with a truckload of artworks from a Madrid warehouse last month, the Guardian reports. (More sculpture stories.)

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