Mark Lugo, the sommelier-turned-art thief who casually walked out of a Union Square Art Gallery with Picasso's Tête de Femme sketch back in July, was sentenced to 16 months in jail yesterday. And that jail sentence will probably get longer now that he's been extradited on additional theft charges back to his home state of New Jersey. Meanwhile back in Union Square the epilogue to the story hangs on the walls of the Weinstein Gallery, where the lesser-known Picasso sketch is now a tourist draw.
Originally purchased by the gallery for $122,500 and offered for sale at $275,000, the sketch has already garnered bids of $375,000 in the wake of Lugo's heist. But gallery owner Rowland Weinstein told the Examiner, the sketch is no longer for sale now that it has made national headlines. It seems the previously stolen goods are doing wonders for the gallery's foot traffic. "It's hard to say what it's worth," Weinstein explained, "Every single solitary day, at least 10 people come into the gallery asking where the Picasso is... It’s become such an important part, not just of our story, but I think the story of artwork in San Francisco."