Miami museum on Friday lost one of its rare collections of Pablo Picasso plate titled ‘Visage aux Mains’, a framed silver plate, valued at about $85,000.
The picasso piece was stolen from the Leslie Smith Gallery housed within the massive Art Miami tent in Midtown.
Police have launched a massive search out operation and the museum has announced a reward of $5,000 for the return of the work. “No questions asked,” assured Nick Korniloff, the art fair’s director and partner.
The 1956 engraved silver plate, Visage aux Mains (Face with Hands) was on display at a fair 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 piece is one a series of 20 plates crafted by the Spanish master Picasso. It may be difficult to sell the piece as it is already reported to a global database of stolen art pieces and the silver may fetch only $800, said museum authorities.