A retired electrician has enough of Pablo Picasso’s works to start his own museum – but the Spanish painter’s heirs are calling foul. This CNN.com report details the saga of Pierre Le Guennec, 71, who sought to have his cache authenticated by may wind up in court, instead.
Le Guennec originally contacted the Picasso Administration with 26 photographs of previously unpublished photgraphs, hoping for a certificate of authentication. He sent similar photos before traveling to the administration with 271 pieces of unseen artwork. Claude Picasso, the painter’s son, and five other heirs filed a lawsuit, claiming that Le Guennec “hasn’t adequately explained how he came across the works.”
Le Guennec served as an electrician for Picasso, who died in 1973.