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What might be a lost painting by Pablo Picasso was spotted at the home of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines and the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos–who allegedly embezzled billions of dollars from the Philippines before he was ousted–after her son Ferdinand Marcos Jr. won the presidential election this week.

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After his victory in this week’s election, the family released images of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. celebrating with his mother at her home, and Picasso’s “Reclining Woman VI” appears on the wall of a sitting room above a sofa.

The painting was one of eight targeted by the Philippine’s government in a 2014 seizure of the Marcos’ assets, but the one seized by the corruption court was later found to be a replicaaccording to Andres Bautista, the former chairman of the agency tasked with recovering the Marcos family’s ill-gotten wealth

It’s unclear if the painting shown in the images this week is also a copy–Imelda is known to have purchased and displayed bogus artwork–but Bautista has urged the government to act.

A 2019 documentary about the Marcos family called The Kingmaker also captured footage of the Picasso after the 2014 seizure, director Lauren Greenfield confirmed,

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