Van Gogh paintings recovered from Camorra mafia

Priceless Van Goghs had been missing for 14 years.

Two priceless Van Gogh paintings have been recovered 14 years after they were stolen from Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, following a major investigation into the Camorra mafia based in the Campania region around Naples.

The paintings were among assets worth tens of millions of euro seized from an international drug-trafficking clan by Italian anti-mafia police.

The works, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuene and View of the Sea at Scheveningen, were painted in the earlier part of the Dutch artist's career.

The Van Gogh Museum stated that although the paintings had been removed from their frames they were in “relatively good” condition.

It is not clear when they will be returned to Amsterdam.