Art History 101

Three Stolen Picasso Artworks and Their Stories

In his 91 years of life, Pablo Picasso became one of the most revered artists of his time and his legacy is evident in his continued influence upon artists today. His popularity has only increased with time.

Picasso set the record for the highest price of any artwork sold at auction with the sale of his painting, “Women of Algiers (Version O)” for $179 million. Unfortunately, being one of the world’s most famous and highly valued artists also has its downsides. It is estimated that over 1,000 of Picasso’s artworks are currently stolen or missing.

In honor of Picasso’s birthday, read on to learn more about three of his most famous stolen artworks and about a couple who stole nearly 300 of his works.

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About the Author

Evangelyn Delacare is the Associate Curator at Saatchi Art. Need help finding art? Contact her via our free Art Advisory service at