Two priceless paintings by Vincent Van Gogh are once again hanging in an Amsterdam museum, 14 years after being stolen by the mafia. The works, 1882’s “View of the Sea at Scheveningen” and the 1884 “Congregation Leave the Reformed Church in Nuenen”, are from a period that was crucial to the post-impressionist master’s development as a painter.
Discovered hidden behind a false wall in an Italian villa, each work has been valued by investigators at over £40 million. The owner of the villa where they were found is accused of running a cocaine trafficking ring. One of burglars who was jailed over the theft, said it took under four minutes to steal the paintings.