US police have recovered a Picasso drawing, two days after it was stolen from the Weinstein gallery in San Francisco. The drawing, valued at $275,000 (£172,000), was taken from the gallery by a man wearing dark glasses. He was filmed by security cameras leaving the scene in a taxi.
The suspect, named as Mark Lugo, 30, has been taken into custody. He was arrested at a hotel in Napa, California, where the artwork was found, police said. He faces several charges, including theft and possession of stolen property.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.