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French police recover Rembrandt stolen 15 years ago
File photo of a self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn made in 1659.
NICE (AFP).- A Rembrandt painting stolen from a French museum in 1999 and worth millions has been recovered in the southern city of Nice, a source close to the investigation said Wednesday.

Two people have been arrested after being found in possession of the Dutch master's "Child with a Soap Bubble" painting, which was valued at 20 million francs at the time of the theft, the source said.

This equates to roughly 3.9 million euros ($5.4 million) today.

The artwork was stolen from a museum in the nearby city of Draguignan in July 1999. It portrays a teenage boy with long dark brown locks, wearing a golden necklace and holding a soap bubble.

According to French newspaper Liberation, the two men were caught while trying to sell the painting.



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