The art theft of "Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen"
In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 7, 2002 thieves penetrate through the roof from Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum. At 8 Clock Museum employees notice the loss - two hours before the museum opens its doors. After the police rushes, the museum is closed to the crime scene until the afternoon to the public.
The police are surprised because there are security guards who controls the premises and the surrounding museum area 24 hours a day. There are also video cameras and infrared systems in the museum with the world's largest collection of works by van Gogh. The police found a broken window on the first floor of the building, a rope and a 4.5 m long ladder. Presumably the thieves have come with the ladder to the roof and have subsequently lowered down from a window of the first floor.
For the Van Gogh Museum of theft is particularly bitter, the paintings should be "Congregation leavin the reformed church in Nuenen" (1884) and "View of the Sea at Scheveningen" (1882) does not re-emerge: both stolen paintings are in fact uninsured. The value of both paintings is more than 30 million Euros in 2002.
Surprising re-discovery in Naples at a house of an italian mafia boss
A key tip has been given to people from the Mafia area: During a raid near Naples in the house of an Italian drug dealer, two oil paintings were discovered that later turned out to be Van Gogh's lost works. The Italian drug boss Raffaele Imperiale has been detained since February 2016.
The two oil paintings "Beach of Scheveningen" (1882) and "The Church of Nuenen with Churches" (1884) remained relatively intact. They were found cupped in cotton towels. The value of both paintings is estimated at $ 100 million - $ 80 million more than in 2002 at the time of art.