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Last Updated: Friday, 16 September 2005, 12:39 GMT 13:39 UK
Stolen Rembrandt work recovered
Rembrandt self-portrait
The recovered Rembrandt self-portrait dates from 1630
A self-portrait by Rembrandt has been recovered by Danish police, nearly five years after it was stolen in a daring raid on Sweden's National Museum.

It was retrieved on Thursday during an operation at a Copenhagen hotel that resulted in the arrest of four people.

"We heard that someone was trying to sell the painting and we decided to go for it," said a police spokesman.

The artwork - which was reportedly undamaged and still in its original frame - is worth an estimated 34m.

Dating from 1630, it was stolen by three armed and masked robbers who entered Sweden's National Museum in December 2000.

'Close co-operation'

Making off with three paintings - the Rembrandt and two others by Renoir - they escaped on a small motor boat, spreading nails in front of the museum before they fled.

Swedish National Museum
It was stolen from Sweden's National Museum in December 2000
One of the Renoirs was recovered in 2001. Eight men were subsequently jailed for their part in the robbery.

Police said Thursday's raid came as a result of "close co-operation" between Swedish authorities, the FBI and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The four men arrested - two Iraqi nationals, a Gambian and a Swede - will face a custody hearing on Friday.

"Then we will have them extradited to Sweden," said Chief Superintendent Per Larsen of Copenhagen police.

The stolen Rembrandt will be returned to Sweden's National Museum. The other Renoir has yet to be recovered.


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Los Angeles TimesL.A. Renoir paints the way to recovery of stolen Rembrandt - 19 hrs ago
ABC Online Stolen Renoir found in US - 24 hrs ago
Washington PostPolice Sting Nets Stolen Masterpieces - 24 hrs ago
Baltimore SunDanish police recover Rembrandt painting - 26 hrs ago
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