The Vincent Van Gogh Painting Worth ₹50 Cr, Stolen During Pandemic, Returned In A Blue IKEA Bag!

by Shreya Rathod
The Vincent Van Gogh Painting Worth ₹50 Cr, Stolen During Pandemic, Returned In A Blue IKEA Bag!

In a mysterious occurrence, a stolen Vincent van Gogh painting was returned. The painting in question is “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring”, painted by the Dutch artist in 1884. It is an oil painting created when the artist was living with his parents.

Stolen Vincent van Gogh Painting Worth ₹50 Crore Returned!

Vincent van Gogh painting
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The painting was taken from a museum outside of Amsterdam in March 2020. According to reports, the epidemic caused the aforementioned museum to close. Returning to the strange occurrence, the painting was recently returned by an unidentified person who packed it inside a sizable blue IKEA bag.

According to reports, the painting was also accompanied by a cushion that was meticulously wrapped in plastic, inside a pillowcase. The Art detective, Arthur Brand, who was involved in the case, expressed his happiness at the find by saying that recovering something of this nature had always been a dream come true and that many people had believed the picture to be lost for good.

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Reportedly, the robbery happened in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic when a thief burst through a glass door at 3:15 am and was able to escape on a motorbike with the priceless artwork. The painting didn’t turn up until recently, even though a person was detained in connection with the theft in 2021.

A Stranger Offered To Return The Artwork

Singer Laren Museum
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A few weeks prior, someone had gotten in touch with the detective and offered to return the stolen painting. He gave the enigmatic person the address he had in Amsterdam, and they duly delivered the artwork there. In the past, Arthur Brand has aided law authorities in the recovery of stolen items of art, notably two bronze statues known as Hitler’s horses in 2015.

Van Gogh’s father was a pastor in the parsonage garden in Nuenen. It is depicted in the painting The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring. The painting may be worth anywhere between $3.2 million to $6.4 million, which equals around ₹50 crores.

The painting’s owner, the Groninger Museum, who had given it to the Singer Laren Museum, felt great pleasure and joy at having it back. The painting was somewhat scratched when it was brought back. Additionally, it is currently undergoing repair at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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The masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh may not be ready for display again for several weeks or perhaps months after this repair operation.

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