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A retired electrician who kept nearly 300 Pablo Picasso artworks in his garage for almost 40 years told a French appeal court Monday that the artist's widow may have wanted to keep the works hidden from his son Claude.Le Guennec said that some time later Jacqueline Picasso retrieved the bags but gave him one of them.The authorities seized the works after Le Guennec tried to get them authenticated in 2010 and handed them over to Picasso's son Claude Ruiz-Picasso, who represents the artist's six heirs.Le Guennec, who worked for Picasso between 1970 and 1973, said Jacqueline gave him the 271 works as a gift recognising the couple's devotion.Prosecutor Laurent Robert said Le Guennec was a pawn who was manipulated by unscrupulous art dealers trying to obtain works initially stolen by Picasso's former chauffeur.
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