The Museum of fine arts Vestris, located in the Dutch town of Hoorn, appealed to the Ukrainian authorities: refers to the return of the stolen paintings of the era of the Flemish Renaissance, for which the volunteer battalion «Holy Mary» requires 50 million euros.
About it writes on Tuesday, 8 December, the news Agency UNIAN.
The article says that 24 of the picturesque pelotona and 70 items of silver, Dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were stolen from the Museum on the night of 9 January 2005.
«The municipality of Hoorn has given hope that the paintings and silver will be returned, when last year one of the stolen paintings appeared on the Ukrainian site. In July 2015, two people informed the staff of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev represent the Ukrainian volunteer battalion «OUN», which is, according to them, the owner of this collection». – leads the publication the words of Museum staff.
As evidence was provided by photography with the image of one of the paintings near the instance of the Ukrainian newspaper. The battalion expressed its willingness to transfer the paintings, under certain conditions, one of which is not involved Ukrainian authorities.
The police and the justice Department of the Netherlands proposed to the municipality of Hoorn to make contact with the owners of the stolen, and to negotiate instructed Arthur brand is the expert in the field of stolen works of art.
During the negotiations it became clear that the current owners of the paintings ocenivat the cost of 50 million Euro figure, which the technician called «irrelevant to reality».
«Brand provided contact persons scientific report, which proves on the basis of precedents that the cost of the entire collection is estimated to range from 250.000 up to € 1.3 million, depending on the condition of paintings. In his view, the real price of paintings stolen does not exceed half a million euros. The response from the Ukrainian side he received. We only know that the current owners of the paintings looking for other buyers.
In the message it is specified that the informants of brand called two names – the leader of the party of Freedom Oleg Tyahnybok and former head of the SBU Valentyn Nalyvaychenko.
«We did everything in our power, and stalled. Potential buyers should be aware that they are dealing with stolen artworks, the legal owner which is the city horn. These paintings are invaluable as historical records of the period of the Golden age West Friesland» – said the Director of the Museum.