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Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Italy

Vincent van Gogh, View of the Sea at Scheveningen, 1882Image copyright
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View of the Sea at Scheveningen has been described by experts as priceless

Italian police have recovered two famous Van Gogh paintings stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002, officials say.

The Van Gogh museum in the city said the works were recovered during a “massive, continuing investigation” by Italian prosecutors and organised crime officials.

The paintings were taken when thieves used a ladder to break into the museum.

Italian police said the works were recovered from the Naples mafia.

They were among assets worth millions of euros seized from the Camorra group, reports said.

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Van Gogh museum

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Van Gogh’s father was a minister at the Reformed Church in Nuenen

The theft of the two works, described as priceless, led to criticism of security at the world’s major art museums. Neither work was insured at the time, and both were on loan to the Van Gogh museum from the Dutch government.

The museum said it was so far unclear when the works would be returned to Amsterdam but in a statement it said they appeared to be in “relatively good condition”.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37516164