IT IS considered one of Leonardo da Vinci’s finest paintings and its theft from the Duke of Buccleuch’s home in 2003 was one of the most audacious art crimes ever committed.
But last night, it was announced that the £37 million Madonna of the Yarnwinder had been recovered – and The Scotsman can reveal that alawyer working for one of the country’s most successful and respected law firms was among four men arrested.
The man, who was believed to be a partner in the firm but who had not been officially named, was arrested yesterday in the offices of HBJ Gateley Wareing in West Regent Street, Glasgow.
Police said the 16th-century painting – whose theft was regarded by the FBI as one of the world’s ten worst art crimes – was discovered following a raid in Glasgow. The three other men arrested were said to be from the Lancashire area.
Last night, it was reported that the painting had been discovered by police at HBJ Gateley Wareing’s offices.
The four men are due to appear in court today.
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