Van Gogh’s “Poppy Flower” painting was stolen for the second time last weekend and was the subject of several mixed reports that it had been recovered at the airport from foreigners trying to flee the country. Apparently the work is still missing because a prominent Egyptian is offering a sizable reward. Here’s Reuters on the continuing–and confusing–saga:
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered a 1-million Egyptian pound ($175,300) reward for information leading to the recovery of a stolen Van Gogh painting, television reported on Wednesday.
Sawiris, chairman of the leading Arab mobile operator Orascom Telecom, is the first businessman to publicly get involved in the search for the panting, worth an estimated $55 million.