Stolen Picasso Found "Leaning Against Fence"

Missing $30,000 lithograph stolen from mansion, found abandoned.

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    Marin Independent Journal
    This is a grounds and pool view from Sept. 1994 outside the mansion in Novato, Calif., bought by former Ukranian Prime Minister Pavel Lazarenko for $6.7 million. (IJ archive photo)

    The Picasso is found. The computers and candlesticks -- not so much.

    A $30,000 lithograph by the famed artist was recovered on Sunday after it was reported stolen May 28 from the former home of a jailed former world leader, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

    Local resident Greg Atamaniuk found the distinctive Pablo Picasso print "leaning up against a fence," the newspaper reported. The print was propped up near a trail entrance on Burning Tree Drive "intending to be found," according to police.

    The print was reported missing from the Novato mansion of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko following a renegade teenage party at the location, according to police. Also reported missing were $5,000 in computers and candlesticks.

    Lazarenko is in prison awaiting a Nov. 1 release date on money laundering charges. The caretaker for the 19,500-square foot property, owned by a holding company prosecutors have tied to Lazarenko, could not be reached.

    The copy of "femme au chignon," or woman with bun, is one of 50 made in 1957, the newspaper reported. A similar print sold at auction for $30,000, the newspaper confirmed.