Stolen van Gogh paintings recovered in Italy

The works of art were stolen over a decade ago in Amsterdam

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Stolen van Gogh paintings recovered by Italian police

Italian police proudly unveiled two van Gogh paintings recovered during a mafia raid.

The masterpieces, stolen more than a decade ago in Amsterdam, were found in a house linked to an international drug trafficker in Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples.

Valued at €89 million, both paintings were said to be in good condition and the van Gogh museum director Axel Rueger was clearly overjoyed to see the works again after 14 years.

He said: "The beginning of the week, we were informed that two paintings had been found and were asked whether an expert from our museum could come here to identify them, that was the first we heard about it."

The painting 'Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen' (1884) was one that the iconic artist created for his mother.

Meanwhile 'View of the Sea at Scheveningen' (1882) is one of the artists early works, and one of just two Dutch seascapes he ever painted.

His most well known paintings, including 'Sunflowers' and 'The Starry Night' were made in France, where he died in 1890.

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