Police Recover Stolen 65 Million $ Da Vinci Painting

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    LONDON (Oct. 4) - Detectives on Thursday recovered a Leonardo da Vinci painting that was stolen from a Scottish castle in a daring daylight raid four years ago.

    Officers raided an address in Glasgow and seized "Madonna with the Yarnwinder," Scotland's Dumfries and Galloway police said.
    Three men from England and one man from Scotland were arrested.

    The painting appeared on the FBI's 10 most-wanted list of stolen art and on the Art Loss Register's list of stolen masterpieces, where it was valued at $65 million.

    Police said art experts had confirmed the recovered painting was the Leonardo masterpiece, stolen from Drumlanrig Castle in southern Scotland in August 2003.

    The lead investigator, Detective Chief Inspector Mickey Dalgleish, said the painting had been tracked down in a combined operation by Scottish police and national crime agencies, with help from the public.

    "We are extremely pleased to recover the 'Madonna with the Yarnwinder' painting," he said.

    "Madonna with the Yarnwinder" was stolen from the castle while it was on public display.
    Two thieves posing as tourists overpowered a guide before escaping with the painting.

    The oil-on-wood painting, which shows the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus on her lap holding a cross-shaped spindle for yarn, is one of several versions of the same scene painted between 1500 and 1510

    Some scholars have suggested the painting is the work of Leonardo's assistants, but Scottish experts have said that the central figures of the Madonna and child are the artist's own work, and that the overall design is likely to be his.

    Drumlanrig Castle, which houses one of the finest private art collections in Britain, also contains masterpieces by Rembrandt and Holbein.
    The structure, completed in 1691, is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Scotland and is home to one of Scotland's richest landowners, the Duke of Buccleuch.

    The painting had been in the Buccleuch family for more than 200 years.
    Its recovery comes a month after the death at 83 of the ninth Duke of Buccleuch.
    He was succeeded by his son.


    Good Job Leos!

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    Wait! Is that a dangerous, sharp, pointy object I see in the hands of a child? Yaaaarrghhh! Duck and cover! Seriously, though, I never knew what a "yarwinder" was. You learn something every day.

    Kudos to law enforcement, yes. In many cases, a complete, world-wide clampdown on trade of such artifacts helps cut off avenues of escape. Occasionally, the criminals simply trip. It would be nice to know the details of the pursuit, at some point.

    As for the castle, perhaps they should have a guard or two, intead of so many guides. Might help it be secure, instead of merely helping folks to feel secure. Buccleuch, hm? Are they related to the Hinckers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Wait! Is that a dangerous, sharp, pointy object I see in the hands of a child? Yaaaarrghhh! Duck and cover!
    Well, it is Jesus. If you can't trust HIM with a weapon....
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    rare and beautiful work good job way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miklcolt45 View Post
    Well, it is Jesus. If you can't trust HIM with a weapon....
    Ah. Divine approval, that. He does have a "knowing" look, after all. Perhaps there's hope.

    I was, of course, being cheeky about the flagrant abuse of judgemental positions taken by those who would leap to grossly-overblown conclusions about the risks in a situation, such as a sharp, pointy object in the hands of a babe, even Baby J. Given what some powerful few seek to do against folks simply going about the business of their lives, it seemed appropriate.
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    I know that a few Cops & Detectives are going to get a little something extra in the way of a bonus in their next paychecks.

    The painting is actually pretty much priceless and if it were ever to be sold at some future auction it would likely fetch over 65 million.
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    It's always been one of my favorite Da Vinci's. It's a brilliant pice IMHO. Glad the LEO's nabbed it.

    I always wondered about art theft - you could hardly enjoy it without feeling paranoid.

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