Court hears about solicitor's role in Leonardo heist

  • March 03, 2010 21:44

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Madonna of the Yarnwinder by Leonardo da Vinci was stolen from the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch in 2003 and recovered in 2007.

A solicitor is on trial in Edinburgh for offering to help return a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece in exchange for a reward. Marshall Ronald, 53, denies being part of a plot to extort £4.25 million from a Scottish duke. Ronald had sent a letter to a London loss adjuster claiming that he was acting on the behalf of clients who could assist in the painting's recovery.

Madonna of the Yarnwinder was taken from Drumlanrig Castle, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, in 2003. The thieves posed as tourists; one brandished an axe.

The rare work, valued upwards of £20 million, was recovered in 2007. Five arrests were made, including three soliciters, although not for the theft. The painting is now on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland.

The trial continues.

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