The FINANCIAL — CAIRO. Egypt's Culture Minister Farouk Hosni said on Sunday that a Van Gogh painting worth over $50 million stolen from a Cairo museum was still missing, according to Ria Novosti.
The work of art, known as both Poppy Flowers and Vase with Flowers was stolen from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum on Saturday. Hosni earlier said police recovered the painting by the Dutch post-Impressionist just hours after it was stolen.
Hosni blamed his earlier mistaken statement on the painting's recovery and the arrest of suspects in the theft on erroneous information provided by a ministry official.
It is the second time that the painting has been stolen from the Khalil museum. The canvass was previously taken from the museum in 1978 and recovered only a decade later in Kuwait.