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Anti-mafia police in Naples, Italy, have recovered two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam more than a decade ago.

The Van Gogh Museum announced Friday that a curator inspected the two works, at the request of Italian authorities, and “drew a firm conclusion: ‘They are the real paintings!’ ”

The two canvases, a seascape and a painting of a church, were stolen from the museum in 2002 in a widely publicized heist. They’ve been missing ever since.

The director of the Van Gogh museum, Axel Rüger, said the museum owed a debt of gratitude to Dutch and Italian authorities.

“The paintings have been found!” he said in a statement. “That I would be able to ever pronounce these words is something I had no longer dared to hope for.”

2 Stolen Van Goghs Recovered By Anti-Mafia Police In Italy

Images: Van Gogh Museum

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