PARIS (AP) -- A retired electrician and his wife who once worked for Pablo Picasso are on trial beginning Tuesday over a cache of 271 creations they say were a gift from the artist.
Pierre Le Guennec and his wife say Picasso's second wife gave them a trunk full of art that they kept virtually untouched I a garage until they decided to put their affairs in order for their children in 2010. The Picasso estate describes that account as ridiculous and filed a suit for illegal possession of the works.
The pieces, which include lithographs, portraits, a watercolor and sketches, were created between 1900 and 1932.
Le Guennec claims to have worked at three of Picasso's properties in southern France, and had installed a security alarm at one of the homes.