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Italy: Stolen Van Gogh paintings found by anti-Mafia police01:05

Italy: Stolen Van Gogh paintings found by anti-Mafia police

Italy, Naples
September 30, 2016 at 13:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh were recovered by anti-Mafia police in Naples, Friday, 14 years after they were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam.

The paintings were discovered hidden in one of the houses of an international drug trafficker in Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples during a sting operation targeting organised crime.

In 2002, the paintings were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, after thieves used a ladder and sledgehammer to break into the building. The works were valued at €89 million ($100 million) at the time.

The masterpieces- View of the Sea at Scheveningen (1882) and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuene (1884), were painted early in the artists's career.

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Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh were recovered by anti-Mafia police in Naples, Friday, 14 years after they were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam.

The paintings were discovered hidden in one of the houses of an international drug trafficker in Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples during a sting operation targeting organised crime.

In 2002, the paintings were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, after thieves used a ladder and sledgehammer to break into the building. The works were valued at €89 million ($100 million) at the time.

The masterpieces- View of the Sea at Scheveningen (1882) and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuene (1884), were painted early in the artists's career.

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