• Short Summary

    AFTER A 12-DAY SEARCH IN WHICH DUTCH, WEST GERMAN AND SWISS POLICE WERE INVOLVED, FOUR PAINTINGS VALUED AT MORE THAN GBP50,000, STOLEN FROM THE HOME OF DR.

  • Description

    AFTER A 12-DAY SEARCH IN WHICH DUTCH, WEST GERMAN AND SWISS POLICE WERE INVOLVED, FOUR PAINTINGS VALUED AT MORE THAN GBP50,000, STOLEN FROM THE HOME OF DR. J.H. LOUDON, NEAR HAARLEM, HOLLAND, WERE RETURNED UNDAMAGED BY "MIDDLEMEN", IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN AACHEN, WEST GERMANY, ON AUGUST 9TH. POLICE THERE SAID THAT THE PAINTINGS HAD BECOME "TOO HOT" FOR RECEIVERS. THREE GERMANS SUSPECTED OF THE THEFT HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN INTERLAKEN, SWITZERLAND. THE PAINTINGS WERE EXAMINED BY EXPERTS AT AACHEN POLICE HEADQUARTERS.

    THE PAINTINGS, MOST VALUABLE OF WHICH WAS A SELF-PORTRAIT BY REMBRANDT, WERE STOLEN FROM THE COUNTRY HOME OF DR. LOUDON, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL DUTCH-SHELL COMPANY, ON JULY 28TH. THE FAMILY WERE ABROAD ON HOLIDAY AND THE ONLY OCCUPANTS OF THE HOUSE IN THE GARDEN SUBURB OF AERDENHOUT, WERE SIX MEMBERS OF THE STAFF WHO SLEPT ON THE SECOND FLOOR. THEY TOLD THE POLICE THAT THEY HAD NOT HEARD ANYONE ENTER BY A GLASS DOOR AT THE BACK OF THE HOUSE.

    REMBRANDT'S SELF-PORTRAIT, VALUED AT ABOUT GBP40,000, HAD BEEN TAKEN AWAY WITH ITS FRAME. THE FRAMES OF THE OTHER THREE PAINTINGS WERE LEFT BEHIND. THE PAINTINGS WERE A VENETIAN LANDSCAPE BY FRANCESCO-GUARDI VALUED AT GBP5,000, A PORTRAIT BY THE 18TH CENTURY FRENCH PAINTER HERBERT ROBERT VALUED AT GBP1,400, AND A MAN'S PORTRAIT BY AN UNKNOWN ARTIST. A REWARD OF GBP2,500 WAS OFFERED BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY FOR INFORMATION WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO THE RECOVERY OF THE PAINTINGS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD414O99S593IPZJNWGRYRR12B
    Media URN:
    VLVAD414O99S593IPZJNWGRYRR12B
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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