Van Gogh paintings back on display after being stolen 14 years ago

Two Van Gogh painting that were recovered last year after being stolen in 2002, are back on display in Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.

The works, View of the Sea at Scheveningen (1882) and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen (1884) — thought to be worth in excess of $100 million — were snatched in December 2002 from the museum by thieves who broke into the building using a ladder to access the roof.

The paintings were recovered in Italy last September behind a false wall in a villa that belonged to notorious Mafia family, reports Architectural Digest. Reports from the time noted that they were in good condition when found, although lacked their frames and showed some signs of damage.

“They are back,” said Van Gogh museum director Axel Rueger ahead of the today’s unveiling in a statement, “I never thought I’d be able to say these words.”

[Architectural Digest]