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How 20 Stolen Van Gogh Paintings Were Recovered 35 Minutes After a Heist

Van Gogh's "The Potato Eaters," one of the works that was stolen. (Photo: Public domain) Officials said Friday that two Van Gogh paintings—stolen in 2002 in a brazen robbery at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam—were recovered in Italy, where they had apparently been in the hands of the Italian mafia. The paintings' recovery wraps up one of the longer art theft cases in the world, though it was nothing compared to a different robbery at the same museum, which took place in 1991, when 20 carefully-chosen paintings were recovered in an abandoned car 35 minutes after being stolen.
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