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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stolen Picasso Work Believed Recovered

ANKARA, Turkey -- Police have recovered a painting believed to be a stolen Picasso and have arrested six people in the Turkish city of Izmir, news reports said Tuesday.

The artwork f said to be the 1908 oil painting "La Fermiere" (The Farmer's Wife) f was recovered after two Syrians and four Turks attempted to sell it to undercover police for $6.5 million, private television station NTV reported.

Turkish police and Interpol were searching for the painting's original owners, Izmir police Chief Hasan Yucesan told reporters. Police believe the painting was stolen from a Middle East country.

A panel of three art experts determined it was an original painting by Pablo Picasso, the Anatolia news agency reported.

"The painting is Picasso's," Yucesan said. "It's original, and its back is signed.''

Police said the suspects first took the painting to the southeastern city of Diyarbakir from Syria, then brought it to Izmir in search of a buyer.

The painting will be stored at the state art museum in Ankara until its owner is found, said Culture Ministry spokesman Nafiz Sahin.