75-year-old Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle Le Guennec, also in her 70s, have been found guilty of stealing 271 pieces of artwork by world famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.
Pierre, who worked as an electrician in Picasso’s last house before his death in 1973, has always maintained the artist and his wife Jacqueline gave him the pieces as a gift.
However today a court in the French town of Grasse found the Le Guennec’s guilty of possessing stolen goods and gave them a two-year suspended sentence.
The huge haul of previously unknown works – which have been valued at a cool €120 million – first came to light in 2010 (after being stashed in the Le Guennec’s garage for nearly four decades), when Pierre Le Guennec approached the Picasso Administration to have them authenticated.
Shortly afterwards Picasso’s children took action, claiming the pieces were stolen.