The Roman police have recovered Picasso's Little Guitar, from a local businessman, CBC news reported. The recovered work was a toy sculpture made for the artist's daughter Paloma.
The Carabinieri police said Picasso had given the toy to his friend, Italian artist Giuseppe Vittorio Parisi, who had 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 the unnamed businessman never returned the work, keeping it in a shoe box in his home in Pomezia.
When Parisi died in January, his widow alerted the police that Picasso’s Little Guitar was still in custody of the businessman.
Carabinieri Capt. Gabriele De Pascalis said the businessman is free on charges of fraud. The guitar is headed to the museum as planned.