£100,000 reward for Leonardo’s Madonna stolen in Scotland

The Duke of Buccleuch's disputed masterpiece has yet to be found



A reward of up to £100,000 has been offered for information leading to the recovery of Leonardo’s “Madonna with the yarnwinder”, following its theft in August from Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland.

Some useful information has already been received by Tyler & Co, the loss adjuster acting for the insurers. The painting, owned by the Duke of Buccleuch, could be the most valuable picture to have been stolen in Britain for more than a century. It was seized by two men in the guise of tourists who threatened a young female guide in the castle before ripping the Leonardo from the wall and escaping. Professor Martin Kemp described the painting last month as a “prime Leonardo production”, but other experts think it may be from Leonardo’s circle. If accepted as a Leonardo, the work could be worth around £50 million.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as '...and £100,000 reward for Leonardo’s Madonna'