>> They were ripped off this museum's walls in a heist worthy of Hollywood, then found many years later, deep in the heart of Italy. On Tuesday, a grand unveiling in Amsterdam to welcome these Vincent van Gogh's paintings home, each worth about 15 million euros. The FBI considered it one of the world's worst art crimes when, almost 15 years ago, two thieves used a ladder to climb up onto the museum's roof and break into the building.
Then, with both paintings in hand, they slid down a rope and escaped. Finding the paintings wasn't easy. They were wrapped in cloth, hidden behind a false wall in a country villa that Italian police say belong to Raffaele Imperiale, a mafia drug baron accused of running an international cocaine trafficking ring.
Two men were arrested for stealing the paintings and many more for drug smuggling. Along with the art, police seized a private plane, 49 properties and 88 bank accounts. The paintings are from an era seen as crucial to van Gogh's development. One a sea view and the only piece from his time in the Hauge where he studied.
And the other of a church in Brabant where his father was a minister. Despite being ripped from their frames and spending years hidden away, the paintings go back on the gallery walls remarkably unchanged.