Irma Stern artwork stolen then found

Report from SAPA:

Three paintings, including an Irma Stern work, worth R2-million in total, were stolen from a Hout Bay property and recovered again, all within 24 hours, an art insurer said on Thursday.

“At 3.30pm yesterday afternoon [Wednesday], I got a phone call from a client to advise me that three of his paintings had been stolen in Hout Bay,” said Artinsure managing director Gordon Massie.

“The three paintings included one by Irma Stern and the value was somewhere in the region of R2-million,” he told Sapa.

Massie said his recovery agents, working alongside the police, started investigating the theft.

“At 3.30am the owner received a phone call from the Hout Bay police to inform him that the paintings may be on the point of recovery.”

At 6am on Thursday morning, Massie was informed that the paintings, including Stern’s “Still Life with Fish”, had been recovered and had not been damaged.

“A suspect is in custody… they found the paintings in the Hout Bay region.”

Massie said he could not give more details on the incident and that the owner wanted to remain anonymous.

The police could not immediately confirm the incident.

“Don’t we all wish that all stolen property is recovered thi squick by the police? Bigger the value the more important it seems.”

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