Art recovered in Port Elizabeth authentic

2012-11-13 18:33

Cape Town - The four pieces of art recovered at a private cemetery in Port Elizabeth have been confirmed as the originals stolen from the Pretoria Art Museum at the weekend, an official said on Tuesday.

A forensic expert verified the artworks in Port Elizabeth, while experts at the art museum in Pretoria analysed pictures of the artworks, Tshwane mayoral spokesperson Pieter de Necker told News24.

The paintings were verified according to specific characteristics.

The recovered pieces are still with the police in Port Elizabeth, where investigations are ongoing.

Questioned as to why the paintings would have been taken to Port Elizabeth, De Necker didn't want to speculate.

"We do find it strange that the paintings were found in Port Elizabeth, especially with the harbour in that city. But nothing is impossible" he told News24.


Brigadier Marinda Mills said the paintings were discovered by a member of the dog unit around 01:30.

"The officer was contacted by an informer in the morning. The [police] member went to the cemetery and found the paintings in a small private cemetery in Sunridge Park, behind the Dutch Reformed Church," said Mills.

Mills said the recovered paintings were Maggie Laubser's Cat and Petunias (1936); JH Pierneef's Eland and Bird (1961); Irma Stern's Fishing Boats (1931) and Hugo Naude's Hottentot Chief.

The painting still missing was Gerald Sekoto's Street Scene (1939), worth about R7m.

Mills said there was no obvious evidence of damage to the artworks.

The Pretoria Art Museum was provisionally closed following the Sunday morning armed robbery in which the paintings, together worth about R17.5m, were stolen.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-13 18:40

    why is this spokesman amazed.. were they found in the church morgue or the habour? - if now the habour, nothing amazing there Speaker!! Habour = boat = sail away = lost at sea OR sold on international market! ... now can we properly secure them & deliver the back home!!!

  • Jacques - 2012-11-13 18:48

    Now it'll be awkward if the paintings disapears from there... If guns and dockets can get lost...

      Jacques - 2012-11-13 18:50

      But having said that- kudos to the cops for getting it back, hell, I'll never be able to trace artwork from pta to a cemetary in PE, good on you cop boytjies! Credit where it's due.

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-11-13 19:06

    There is something fishy happening here

  • koketso.senabe - 2012-11-13 19:08

    So we've got children starving in this world and people are willing to spend R7m on a flipping painting? Damnit our priorities are messed up.

      John - 2012-11-14 01:30

      But you would REALLY like a new Checkers trolley for Christmas ne??

      John - 2012-11-14 06:02

      Koketso , looking at it from another angle , many of us have jobs because of people who are in a financial position to head up major corporations & afford art (amongst other things)for numbers that us mere mortals can only dream of.

      ann.mathews.712 - 2012-11-14 11:41

      @koketso. Do you spend all your spare money on the starving children? Don't be so one-dimensional. Art has nothing to do with the problems of the world.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-11-13 19:12

    Very strange.

  • edwin.morena.3 - 2012-11-13 19:25

    Nah! This gang emulated 1 of the scenes they saw in 1 of the best grossed movies world wide.

  • edwin.morena.3 - 2012-11-13 19:32

    Nah! This gang emulated 1 of the scenes they saw in 1 of the best grossed movies world wide. Guess, which 1?

  • ali.makhadzi - 2012-11-13 19:51

    There is chances of those being counterfeit...the real ones could b in china by now, while Gehard Sekoto's on the R1.5b highway (Street Scene) to Kandla.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-13 20:16

    Why did they make it public that it was found? Why not wait for whoever is going to fetch it?? They recieved a tip from an informant why blast it open now?

  • CRatocele - 2012-11-13 20:21

    It is interesting that art is quickly recovered but crimes against the communities are long over due to be dealt with. effectively.

  • lchimukundi - 2012-11-13 21:07

    out of all illegal things happenin they in a needle in e hustle jst wonder hw wat happened to last painting bet e cops sell it o ready

      ann.mathews.712 - 2012-11-14 17:13

      Is this really English?

  • warren.mark.92 - 2012-11-13 21:09

    Forget about art,a cop was killed in howick and news24 never report it,news24 please keep the country informed

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-11-13 21:18

    Yeesh, amazing the crap that get a high value attached to it. That cat & "blommetjies" ... no surely not a valuable piece of art? Just watched some other childish looking trash on display somewhere that was shown on Top Billing a short while ago. I swear any number of such scrambled scribbles can be found on the walls of my grandchildren's nursery school walls.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-11-13 21:57

    Art in motion...mmmmmm

  • Andisa Andy Ntsila - 2012-11-13 23:02

    I really think they wanted you to find the art if the police officer was contacted ,and the question to be asked is why? Work well done to the discovery of the art work

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