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Man admits theft of Rembrandt missing for 15 years

Published on Mar 22, 2014 5:50 AM
The painting L'enfant a la bulle de savon, 1630 (Child with a Soap Bubble) attributed to painter Rembrandt (1606-1669) was stolen from a French museum in 1999 and recovered this week. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

AGEN, France (AFP) - A French man has claimed responsibility for the theft of a Rembrandt painting worth millions that was stolen from a French museum in 1999 and recovered this week, a source close to the investigation said on Friday.

The 43-year-old from Lot-et-Garonne in southwest France told police he had stolen the Dutch master's Child With A Soap Bubble from a municipal museum as "a challenge" and had never earned any money from it.

He handed himself in on Wednesday night on the advice of his lawyer, a day after the painting was recovered.

Two men, including a former insurance salesman, were arrested on Tuesday in Nice in possession of the painting, which was valued at 20 million francs.

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