'Indiana Jones Of Art' Finds Stolen Spanish Carvings In English Garden
Fakhir Rizvi 3 years ago Tue 22nd January 2019 | 10:33 AM
The Hague, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jan, 2019 ) :A Dutch art detective has returned two priceless stone reliefs stolen from an ancient Spanish church after tracing them to an English nobleman's garden where they were displayed as ornaments.
They turned up in the garden of an aristocratic British family who had unwittingly bought them, and it was there that Brand found them covered in mud and leaves.
"These artworks are priceless. To find them in a garden after searching for eight years is just incredible," the art sleuth told AFP.
"You can imagine how horrified they were to learn that their garden ornaments were in fact priceless stolen Spanish religious art." The private investigator showed AFP the stone carvings -- one of which depicts John the Evangelist, author of one of the Gospels -- hours before they were handed back.
The reliefs, said to weigh 50 kilos (110 Pounds) each, were then handed to representatives of Spain's Guardia Civil police force, who are collaborating in the case, and two museum curators from the northern city of Burgos.
The Spanish embassy in London declined to comment.