Man sentenced to eight years in prison for theft of two works by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals

Vincent Van GoghPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison in the Netherlands for stealing two works by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals. The works of art have not been recovered.

In March last year, Van Gogh’s “Prestehagen i Nuenen” from 1884 was stolen from the Singer Museum in Laren, the Netherlands. In August of the same year, “Two laughing boys” by Frans Hals was stolen from a small museum in the town of Leerdam.

“These paintings are part of the nation’s cultural heritage, and they are important for both current and future generations,” the verdict stated.

The thief was caught through DNA traces, and he has previously been convicted of art theft. The man denied criminal guilt during the case.

Both paintings are very valuable and are each estimated to be worth several million euros.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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