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Da Vinci painting insurance payout
Madonna with the Yarnwinder - from Drumlanrig castle website
The work was painted between 1500 and 1510
The owner of a stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting has received 3m from his insurers.

Madonna with the Yarnwinder was stolen from the home of the Duke of Buccleuch - Scotland's richest man - on 27 August.

The artwork is valued at between 25 and 50m and was stolen by a four-man gang at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

A spokesman for the Buccleuch estate said complex insurance issues remain unresolved.

He said: "It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

Two of the men who posed as tourists overpowered a female member of staff and took the artwork.

The gang fled in a white Volkswagen Golf car, later found abandoned in woodland.

A fine arts loss adjuster said the painting was one of the most important stolen in the UK in the last 70 years.

The da Vinci work, which experts say was painted between 1500 and 1510, depicts the Madonna with the infant Jesus holding a cross-shaped yarnwinder.

It is said to symbolise the crucifixion of Jesus.

Police issued an e-fit and CCTV footage of the suspects and one of the man who bought the getaway car.

The 80-year-old Duke said the family had been "deeply saddened and shocked" by the theft.

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