06.07.2022, Berlin: Eine Person läuft am frühen Morgen mit einem Koffer zum Hauptbahnhof. Heute ist der letzte Schultag vor den Sommerferien in Berlin und Brandenburg. Foto: Fabian Sommer/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Spanish customs have confiscated a drawing attributed to Picasso worth 450,000 euros at Ibiza airport. Customs announced on Monday that the work entitled “Trois personnages” (English: “Three people”) was found in the suitcase of a traveler accused of smuggling on July 5.

The man came from Switzerland with the work, which was dated 1966, and tried to “import it into Spain without registering it,” it said.

According to their own statements, the Spanish customs officials had been warned by their Swiss colleagues about a work of art being transported under “suspicious” conditions. They then asked the traveler about the drawing. He stated that the drawing was a simple copy and showed an invoice for 1,500 Swiss francs (1,515 euros).

In his suitcase, however, the customs officials found a second bill from a gallery in Zurich for 450,000 francs (454,000 euros) with a reference to the Picasso drawing “Trois Personnages”.

According to a preliminary expert opinion, it is an original work by the Spanish painter. The “price calculated by the gallery corresponds to the market price,” the experts found.