The Dutch art detective Arthur Brand has recovered a stolen Iranian collection of poems from the fourteenth century. De Telegraaf reported this on Friday.
The Diwan collection by the Iranian poet Hafez, which is estimated to be worth a million euros, was in the hands of a German Iranian for years, says Brand. After his death, relatives discovered an administration of purchased manuscripts, while the actual collection turned out to be without trace. A large part of it was recovered in 2011 and the thief was convicted, but two top pieces were still missing.
One book was later found in England, the other only appeared after Brand had switched on his own network at the end of 2018. The stolen collection of poems is said to have been resold several times to unsuspecting art dealers.
Brand managed to prevent the most recent sale at the last minute, and in doing so, it claimed, ensured that the book did not fall into the hands of the Iranian government. The secret service of that country would have been after the bundle for a long time.
The art detective is more often in the news through remarkable discoveries. At the end of 2019 he found Oscar Wilde's stolen ring. In September he shared a photo of a painting that was believed to have been destroyed after the Kunsthalroof in 2012.
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