Stolen da Vinci painting recovered after police raid

  • 5 October 2007

A painting by Leonardo da Vinci worth around £25 million, which was stolen from the Duke of Buccleuch four years ago, has been recovered after a police raid.

The 16th century Madonna of the Yarnwinder had been put the FBI’s list of 10 most wanted stolen works after thieves stole the paining from Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

But police confirmed yesterday (4/11) that the piece had been found in Glasgow - in an operation which had lead to the arrest of four men.

DCI Mickey Dalgleish, of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, said: “We are extremely pleased to recover the Madonna of the Yarnwinder painting.

“Through careful investigations and intelligence-led police work we were able to locate the painting and make four arrests.

“For four years police staff have worked tirelessly on the theft and with help from the public we have been able to track down and locate the painting.”

The painting, which shows the Madonna holding the infant Jesus with a yarnwinder, was snatched after thieves arrived at the castle with other visitors posing as tourists.

The ninth Duke of Buccleuch died last month, without hearing word of the painting’s whereabouts.

His son Richard, the current Duke, said he “warmly welcomed” the return of the masterpiece.

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