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One of the last missing pieces of Byzantine art that was stolen from Cyprus in the 1970s was handed back last week by a renowned, and proud, Dutch art investigator. Arthur Brand said he handed back the sixth-century depiction of St. Mark during a private ceremony at the Cypriot Embassy in The Hague.A few hours before the mosaic was handed back, Brand showed it to AFP. When asked about the mosaic, the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus and Church of Cyprus declined to comment. A week ago, Brand, who was working with the Church of Cyprus, returned to Monaco to collect the treasure, said to be worth 5 million to 10 million euros ($5.7 million to $11 million).Many pieces ended up in the underground world of art smuggling and went missing for many years, while the Cyprus government and church campaigned ceaselessly to recover them.
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