6 February 2014: More than seven decades after being stolen by the Nazis, 'Saint Philip Baptizing a Servant of Queen Kandaki' by German painter Johann Conrad Seekatz is back in the hands of its rightful owner, the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland. At a ceremony at the Polish Consulate in New York, U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), returned the painting to Poland’s Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski.
The painting came into the possession of Doyle New York Auctioneers and Appraisers in or about October 2006 and was sold for approximately $24,000 USD to Rafael Valls Gallery in London. On July 12, 2012, after learning the painting was stolen, it was seized by HSI agents from the London gallery by stipulation order with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office SDNY. The painting was returned to New York from London leading to its repatriation to the Republic of Poland.
To read the Polish Consulate General's Press Release in full, click here.