Almost 14 years after two artworks by the legendary Vincent Van Gogh were stolen, Italian police believe they have found the art works and solved one of the biggest mysteries of the Art world.
According to BBC, in December 2002, climbing in through the roof with a ladder and then using a sledgehammer, thieves broke into Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum and carted away with 2 priceless art works. The theft baffled experts and authorities because security guards were on duty and infrared beams were in use in the museum. Two Dutch men were jailed for the heist but they always insisted they were innocent, the original theft instigated a security review of the world’s leading art museums.
The two artworks, “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen” and “Seascape at Scheveningen” both painted in the late 19th century, have been described as “priceless”. The museum has shared its joy at finding the pieces on social media.
Our two stolen Van Gogh paintings are found after 14 years! https://t.co/j9i13BS6tQ pic.twitter.com/AbvqicKzK5
— Van Gogh Museum (@vangoghmuseum) September 30, 2016
Italian police claim to have recovered the artworks in a raid against the Naples mafia and insist the find was part of “an ongoing investigation”.