Scottish Cops Recover Stolen da Vinci in Law Office Raid

Four busted in brazen castle heist
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 8:56 AM CDT
Madonna of the Yarnwinder, by Leonardo da Vinci.   (Wikimedia)
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(Newser) – Police in Scotland have recovered a stolen $75 million painting by Leonardo da Vinci in a raid on a top Glasgow law firm that led to four arrests. A lawyer in the firm was among those busted. The "Madonna of the Yarnwinder" was stolen in 2003 from the Duke of Buccleuch's castle  when the thieves, posing as tourists, snatched the work off a wall and ran, reports the Scotsman.

Art experts had assumed that the 16th century work was "stolen to order" by a collector as its fame would have rendered it impossible to sell on the market. The duke died last month without seeing his prized painting again. A representative of the raided law firm insisted the arrested attorney was attempting to arrange the painting's return.