800-year-old stolen saint’s heart returned to Dublin cathedral
The relic – the heart of St Laurence O’Toole – was taken from Christ Church Cathedral in 2012.
It has no monetary value but is “a priceless treasure” for the church, the cathedral’s Dean, the Very Reverend Dermot Dunne, said.
The theft of the relic, which had been kept in a wooden heart-shaped box and placed within a small iron-barred cage, sparked a six-year investigation by Gardai.
It will be presented to the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson on Thursday evening by Garda Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy.
Archbishop Jackson thanked those who had helped recover the relic, and described the return of the heart as a joyful moment for the people of the city.
He said: “The return of the heart of Laurence O’Toole to Christ Church Cathedral brings great joy to the people of Dublin as Dubliners.
“For those of us associated with the life of the dioceses, it brings again to the fore the close relationship between Glendalough and Dublin, a relationship of more than 800 years.
“Laurence left the monastic city of Glendalough of which he was Abbot to become Archbishop of Dublin, hence cementing a vibrant relationship that continues unabated to this day.”
Rev Dunne said he was “delighted” at the relic’s return.
He said: “I said at the time it was stolen that the relic has no economic value but it is a priceless treasure that links the cathedral’s present foundation with its founding father, St Laurence O’Toole.”
Assistant Commissioner Leahy commended officers who he said had “kept their radars on and their minds open in this ongoing investigation”.
Gardai said no arrests have been made.
There will now be a shrine to St Laurence, who died in 1180, in the cathedral, the church said, noting that they had looked at their security since the theft and continue to have regular reviews.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation recovered a prized painting from a decades-old art heist in New York City, thanks to the guilty conscience of an aging organized crime figure, the agency announced.
The painting, a Chagall from 1911 titled “Othello and Desdemona” was stolen in 1988 along with several other invaluable artifacts and artworks including those of Renoir, Hopper, and Picasso.
Dutch Old Master stolen by Nazis to go to auction
It is due to goes on auction on July 4 in London with a pre-sale estimate of £1.5-2.5 million.
It is due to goes on auction on July 4 in London with a pre-sale estimate of £1.5-2.5 million.
Ochtervelt’s oil on canvas masterpiece, from 1664-65, shows a man presenting a plate of oysters to a warmly-lit, seated young woman.
“I loved it,” Ms Bischoff van Heemskerck said. “I was a young girl; I liked her dress, I liked her coat with the white fur and the way he offered her the oysters.”
Ms Bischoff van Heemskerck was reunited with the painting last year at a ceremony in London, now she has decided to sell it to pass on the proceeds to the children of her siblings.
After the war, the painting changed hands several times before the family tracked it down.
It resurfaced in the mid-1950s at a gallery in the German city of Duesseldorf. It was later bought by an American diplomat before British property developer Harold Samuel bought it in 1971 and later bequeathed it to the City of London Corporation.
Ms Bischoff van Heemskerck said tracking down the missing art was not a priority in the immediate aftermath of the war, as her father sought to re-establish his children’s hospital.
“My father said, ‘we won’t talk about the missing things’,” she said. “We will just live again.”
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The Nazis confiscated Grunbaum's 449-piece art collection when he was arrested in 1938.
London-based art dealer Richard Nagy had claimed a legal title to the works.
He had exhibited the drawings at a 2015 art show in New York, where the heirs discovered the art was up for sale.
The act extended the statute of limitations for making claims on Nazi-stolen art to six years after its "actual discovery".
Raymond Dowd, a lawyer for the Grunbaum heirs - Timothy Reif, David Fraenkel and Milos Vavra - argued that the lost works were not discovered by his clients until they noticed they were up for sale at the art fair.
After the ruling, Mr Dowd praised the decision for moving "a step closer" to recovering art taken in "the largest mass theft in history".
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The court in that case ruled in favour of Boston businessman who owned the work, on the grounds that too much time had passed since the heirs had made their claim.
Thieves escape with €2.2m gold artwork after 220kph chase
The entire operation took just four minutes. A neighbour of the gallery in Knokke, Belgium captured the getaway car being loaded up after being awoken by the alarm.
Artist Arne Quinze who took more than 2 years to make the work, told Euronews he was stunned and devastated because he had invested so much - both financially and artistically in its creation.
"When it was finished I remember the team went silent. Not just because they were proud but because of the feeling created by the piece. The piece made us," he said. "It's impossible to make that piece again."
"Now it's a race. Like every piece of art it's impossible to sell so they will melt it down for the gold," he added.
Police were on the scene within around five minutes, according to a spokesman for the artist, but were unable to recover the work despite a long car chase.
The artwork, which was originally made in Belgium as part of a collaboration with precious metals manufacturer Heimerle+Meule has toured the world, passing through China, the US and France before returning to its homeland.
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The astonishing £100,000 haul burglars stole from Cheltenham flat - including Faberge eggs and Rolex watch
David Sartori was devastated to return to his home in Evesham Road and find the eggs had been stolen in a burglary. The thieves also took a whole host of other items and in all the haul was worth more than £100,000.
It included a Faberge 24k gold and royal blue enamel miniature bowl, valued at £30,000.
That was given to David as a gift by his late grandfather, Charles Hayes.
The 39-year-old, who works as a garden designer, is desperate to get all of the items back but the bowl is of particular sentimental value to him.
He said: “I wish I had been here and could have done more. I feel really upset about this.
“My enjoyment is to come home and look at my collection.
“As sad as that sounds, I love it. It’s my thing.
“It’s the fact that one day I walked in and my treasures had gone.”
The full list of items stolen, valued at £100,000+
- Faberge Antique Russian Imperial Silver Letter Opener – £4,310
- Asprey solid silver pill boxes – x3 £1200-1500
- Asprey cuff links - £300.00
- Collection of blue enamel and solid silver pill boxes – x8 in all - total £2/2500
- Solid silver writing pen - £800-1000
- Enamel green and silver Art Deco pill boxes – £500
- Asprey blue enamel miniature carriage clock plus leather case – £6500/7000
- Collection of solid silver pill boxes – x5 in total - £500ish
- A solid silver miniature settee and two French chairs – £1000
- A solid crown & silver horn with red silk tassel - £800
- Gold Fabergé egg. Inside a porcelain rose bud housing gold chain and diamond pendent. - £5000
- A 24k gold and royal blue enamel miniature bowl. Faberge. - £30,000
- Gold Fabergé egg from glass display case in hall way. – £3500/5000
- A pair of Georgian solid silver boxes plus tortoise shell and solid silver box - £600/800
- A mauve porcelain and diamond set pill box. Stamped Asprey - £3000
- A collection of coal port porcelain for a Tiffany and Co exhibition c 1890 – x3 Pieces - £1800/2000
- A collection of enamel and solid silver or gilt miniature picture frames. - x6 pieces. - £3500
- A 24k gold zodiac Pisces Fabergé egg. Royal blue enamel front panel with 24k gold star sign and a aquamarine stone inside egg - £3,000
- Polaroid television/dvd - £350.00
- Watch box housing a Gucci dress watch - £800
- Rolex submarina - £8000
- X2 Armani dress watches - £1000
- X2 Tissot watches - £1500.00
- X1 Diesel watch - £200
- The watch box they were housed in - £500
- X1 large Creed Aventus - £300
- X1 White Company Aspen - £70.00
- X1 large Creed Tweed - £250.00
- X1 Chanel Sport - £70.00
- X1 invictus large - £90.00
- IPad – £600
- Lap Top – £400
- Louis Vuitton duffle bag - £1000
- A pair of Gucci Aviator sunglasses - £350 A pair of Prada sunglasses. - £400 A pair of Gucci sports sun glasses - £300 (All boxes left behind) A Gucci wash bag £400
- Grandfather’s war medals
- 5 gold full sovereigns £1500
- Apple iPod
- A brand new iPhone 7
- A baby blue Nintendo DS plus charger and games in a black material holder - £250
- One 18 ct gold money clip
- A Gucci monogram belt with polished silver buckle stamped Gucci - £300
- A Gucci leather grey snakeskin belt unopened stamped Gucci on buckle -£300
- A pair of black Emporio Armani aviator sunglasses unopened unwrapped - £350
- Two solid silver and tortoise shell writing pens - in a distinctive Buckingham Palace black velvet box - £500
- X3 Lalique glass sculptures £800/1000
- X3 Gucci candles unopened and unwrapped - £300
- A silver Gucci bamboo bracelet - £400
- X2 antique silver pocket watches
- A black Mount Blanc writing pen - £600
- A silver gilt grape stand and grape scissors - £800/£1000
- A miniature solid silver brief case - Tiffany and Co - £300
- A miniature silver vase 2” tall - Tiffany and Co - £300.00
- A Louis Vuitton Passport Wallet - £200
- A collection of miniature solid silver and enamel animals. British hall marks. A pheasant.... three pink pigs, a peacock, a giraffe, a leopard and a large lion - £2500 minimum
- A collection of 14 Herend porcelain animals with a distinctive fishnet pattern some pink, 24k gold, blue, green. Some will have an Aspreys red and gilt sticker on their bases - £2500 minimum
- A Gucci silver chain with two dog tags attached both stamped in tiny letters Gucci - £250
- An antique walnut cuff link box - £200
- A box contains 20 silver 1 Troy ounce bullion bars - silver - £600
- Two solid silver cigarette cases - £500
David’s eggs are not any of the 50 that are famous across the world and can change hands for millions of pounds. Those were made by Faberge for the Imperial Russian royal family between 1885 and 1916.
But his are, nonetheless, original Faberge eggs and are very valuable and collectable.
The haul stolen from David’s flat, which he has been restoring for about 18 months, included valuable watches, jewellery and antiques. Medals belonging to his grandfather were also stolen.
One egg is gold with a porcelain rosebud housing a gold chain and diamond pendant. The other is a gold Zodiac Pisces egg which has a royal blue enamel front panel, a gold star sign and an aquamarine stone inside.
Other pieces are jewellery and watches from Rolex, Chanel, Tiffany, Asprey and Gucci. A valuable Asprey blue enamel miniature carriage clock and leather case was also stolen.
David began collecting as a child with the help of his grandfather and that is one of the reasons he is so fond of the pieces.
He added: “I want everything back. I don’t want a cheque, I want them back.
“The bowl is completely unique. There’s one in the whole world and that’s it.”