A ‘missing’ painting by Pablo Picasso has been spotted in the home of Imelda Marcos, mother of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
The images released by the family showed Marcos Jr visiting the home of his mother, Imelda, who had displayed Picasso’s Femme Couche VI (Reclining Woman VI), or a replica, above the sofa. The image was spotted as she congratulated son Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos on being elected president on Wednesday.
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The painting is believed to be one of the hundreds of artworks bought by the Marcoses using billions plundered by family patriarch Ferdinand Sr.
Andy Bautista, the former chief of a commission set up to find Marcos’s stolen wealth, posted an image on Twitter on Thursday stating that the same painting was also spotted at the 2019 film ‘Kingmaker’.
Lauren Greenfield – a director whose 2019 film Kingmaker about the Marcos family’s attempt to re-take power featured the painting – quipped ‘Picasso’s back!’
The Marcos camp has yet to confirm if the painting is real or is a replica of the original.