Man admits theft of Rembrandt missing for 15 years
Published on Mar 22, 2014 5:50 AM
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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