Stolen Van Gogh paintings restored after a decade


In 2002, View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen by Vincent van Gogh were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam.

Octave Durham and Henk Bieslijn, climbed on to the roof of the museum using a stolen ladder before smashing a window with a sledgehammer and lifting from a wall the smallest and nearest Van Gogh canvasses they could find.

In 2016, they were finally recovered in Italy, but needed a few more years to be fully restored for display.

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