Stolen Spanish Tapestry Traced to Houston Office

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Stolen Artifacts | 0 comments

A 500-year-old tapestry that was stolen from a Spanish cathedral in 1979 has been returned to Spain.

The beautifully-woven tapestry is known as “Virgin and Saint Vincent” and depicts the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus while flanked by three saints. The four foot by eight foot tapestry was found last July in a Houston-area nonprofit’s offices.  The company is reported to have purchased it for $369,000, but was unaware that the item was hot.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement turned the artifact back over to the Spanish government today in Washington D.C.

After a journey of more than three decades, the tapestry is finally returning to its proper position as an altarpiece in a northeastern Spain cathedral.

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