Palm Beach, Fla. (AP) - A New York woman has been reunited with her stolen Pablo Picasso vase after it showed up at a South Florida auction house.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Patricia Specter - a private art dealer from New York City - was trying to sell her deceased mother's Palm Beach County condo two years ago when the blue and white Madoura Vase went missing. Specter was browsing an online auction site last month when she saw the vase listed by Fort Lauderdale-based Abington Auction Gallery.
Specter bought the vase and used the serial number to confirm it was hers. The auction house refunded her money and helped police track the vase to a maintenance worker at the condo complex where Specter's mother had lived. The worker was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property.