By Le Figaro with AFP
Published 57 minutes ago, Updated 4 minutes ago
The garden of the presbytery of Nuenen in the spring, whose value is estimated between three and six million euros, was stolen from the Singer Laren museum on March 30, 2020 during a robbery.
A Dutch art detective has found a valuable painting by Vincent van Gogh that was stolen from a museum during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown three and a half years ago, law enforcement confirmed Tuesday. “Arthur Brand, in cooperation with the Dutch police, solved this problem“, Richard Bronswijk, of the Dutch police art crime unit, told AFP. “It’s definitely the real thing, there’s no doubt about it“, he added about the painting.
The detective took possession of the missing painting on Monday, The Nuenen presbytery garden in spring, from 1884, at his home in Amsterdam. The work, whose value is estimated between three and six million euros, was stolen from the Singer Laren museum on March 30, 2020 during a robbery that made headlines around the world.
Arthur Brand, nicknamed “the Indiana Jones of the art world» for tracing a series of high-profile missing works, said his and Dutch police’s frequent appeals to return them finally bore fruit when a man, whose identity was not revealed for his own safety, gave the detective the painting in a blue IKEA bag, covered in bubble wrap and stuffed in a pillowcase.
A video clip provided by the detective showed him unwrapping the painting in his living room, stunned by the discovery. “Confirming that it was indeed the stolen Van Gogh was one of the greatest moments of my life», Declared Arthur Brand to AFP.
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