A Volkswagen car and four casually dressed men were the focus of police attempts to locate a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece stolen yesterday in an audacious raid on a Scottish castle.
The tiny but hugely valuable Madonna with the Yarnwinder was taken from the staircase hall of Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire, according to an account in the Guardian.
Thieves posing as tourists overpowered a female guide, plucked the painting, which experts say is worth up to £30m, from the wall, and made off with it in an ageing, white Golf GTi.
Drumlanrig Castle is the home of the Duke of Buccleuch, one of Scotland’s wealthiest men. He has one of the finest private art collections in Britain, including works by Rembrandt and Holbein, but nothing as valuable as the stolen Renaissance painting.
Drumlanrig is open to the public, and it seems that two thieves paid the £6 entrance fee and made their way to the staircase hall, where they overpowered the guide and took the painting from the wall