High-value paintings stolen from Midlothian

Yesterday the Musselburgh police released details of an art heist that had occurred in October last year. Between the 17th and 19th of October “The Maverick” by artist Gordon Mitchell and “The Lady with the Skate” by John Bellany were stolen from a home in the Eskbank area of Dalkeith.


The Maverick by Gordon Mitchell | Image Credit: Police Scotland

PC Emily Dalgetty from Musselburgh Police Station said:

“These pieces of art have huge sentimental value to the owner and we are keen to trace those responsible for their theft.

“I would ask anyone who has seen, or been offered these paintings, to contact us as soon as possible.”

Insurers pay out between 300 million and 500 million a year on works of art stolen in Britain, and as one of the world’s major art markets, many of the stolen paintings come through London. However, a number of valuable artworks have been stolen form a Scottish owner. The last few decades has seen a number of works disappear from both public and private collections.

Madonna with the Yarnwinder


Madonna with the Yarnwinder by Da Vinci | Image Credit: Guardian

In August 2003, four men walked into Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire, at about 11am and walked out with a £30 million Da Vinci. Seven years later Marshall Ronald, 53, a lawyer from Skelmersdale, Lancashire was in the high court. He was accused along with four other men of threatening to destroy a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece unless they were paid £4.25m, in a conspiracy allegedly hatched in the offices of one of Glasgow’s leading law firms. Ronald was cleared of all charges in 2010.

Kelvingrove Recovery

More than 15 years after they were stolen from a Glasgow auction three artworks were discovered by a curator at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum who spotted one of the paintings in an auctioneers’ sale catalogue.  The three paintings, a landscape by the French artist Jean-Baptise-Camille Corot, another by the Scottish post-impressionist painter Samuel Peploe and a work by the Italian Renaissance painter Federico Barocci, are estimated to be worth more than £200,000.



























































































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