Crime

$5,000 reward offered for return of Picasso piece pilfered from Art Miami

By Patricia Mazzei

pmazzei@miamiherald.com

Miami Police Department officers on Friday afternoon, Dec. 5, 2014, inspect the site from which a Pablo Picasso plate titled 'Visage aux Mains' was stolen. The framed silver plate, valued at about $85,000, went missing from the Leslie Smith Gallery housed within the massive Art Miami tent in Midtown.
Miami Police Department officers on Friday afternoon, Dec. 5, 2014, inspect the site from which a Pablo Picasso plate titled 'Visage aux Mains' was stolen. The framed silver plate, valued at about $85,000, went missing from the Leslie Smith Gallery housed within the massive Art Miami tent in Midtown.

An art fair that became the scene of a crime when a Pablo Picasso piece was snatched this week offered a reward Saturday for the return of the work.

Art Miami says it will pay $5,000 to whoever brings back the 1956 engraved silver plate, Visage aux Mains (Face with Hands) to the fair by 6 p.m. Sunday.

"No questions asked," said Nick Korniloff, the fair's director and partner.

The fair's main office is located at 3101 NE First Ave. in Midtown Miami. It's the best-known satellite fair to Art Basel Miami Beach, part of Miami Art Week.

The plate, valued at $85,000, was stolen from the Amsterdam-based Leslie Smith Gallery at the fair sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. It is one of a series of 20 plates crafted by the Spanish master.

Miami police are investigating the theft.

Korniloff said the reward would be a good deal for any thief considering melting the silver piece. That silver would only sell for about $400, he said.

The work has been reported to a global stolen art database, to make it more difficult to sell.

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