: AFP: Ukranian art buyer hands back stolen Dutch masterpiece

11:18 May. 31, 2016

AFP: Ukranian art buyer hands back stolen Dutch masterpiece

Detail from the painting Vanity by Jacob Waben, which was among the 24 works taken from the museum. Photograph: Westfries Museum (AP Photo)

24 Dutch Golden Age masterpieces and 70 pieces of silverware were stolen from the Westfries Museum on the night of January 9, 2005

A Ukranian art buyer has handed back a missing 18th-century painting stolen a decade ago from a Dutch museum, bringing the total number of masterpieces retrieved from the heist to five, officials said on Monday, May 30. 

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"A Ukranian resident returned one of the 24 paintings that were stolen from the Westfries Museum to the Dutch Embassy in Kyiv," said Marieke van Leeuwen, spokeswoman for the Hoorn municipality in northwest Netherlands where the museum is based.

"The man had brought in the painting in good faith and with a certificate of authenticity," Van Leeuwen added in a statement.

He did not say how the buyer came into possession of the latest returned painting, Izaak Ouwater's 1784 piece entitled "Nieuwstraat in Hoorn", valued at around 30,000 euros (USD 33,400).

Read also Ukraine searches for stolen Dutch paintings

Twenty-four Dutch Golden Age masterpieces and 70 pieces of silverware were stolen from the Westfries Museum on the night of January 9, 2005. For years Hoorn's residents hoped that the stolen art would some day resurface. Full story 

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