Stolen Van Gogh Paintings Recovered in Italy

Two Vincent van Gogh paintings stolen in 2002 have been recovered in Italy. Taken from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Stolen Van Gogh paintings were retrieved during an extensive investigation into organised crime in late September this year. The paintings, “Seascape at Scheveningen” (1882) and “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen” (1884/85), are some of the earlier works done by Van Gogh.

An arrested member of the Camorra Mafia family told police the location of the Stolen Van Gogh paintings, a house in the town of Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples. It’s said the paintings were found wrapped up in a cloth in a small hallway next to a kitchen. At the time of the crime, the estimated value of both works was ‎€4 million, or about $5.9 million AUD, according to Adriaan Dönszelmann, managing director of the Van Gogh Museum.

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