T his mosaic was one of a set away from the Panayia Kanakaria church, about 105 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of Nicosia, plundered in the 1970s during the Turkish invasion.
“The mosaic of Canacaria is of tremendous importance in Christian art and world culture,” said Maria Paphiti, a former head of department at Christie’s British Auction House.
The family agreed to return it to the people of Cyprus for a small fee to cover restoration and
One week ago, Mr. Brand – who worked with the Cyprus church – returned to Monaco to collect the treasure.
“It was one of the best moments in my life,” the detective said.
5 Brand Brand makes headlines after tracing down two massive bronze statues made by Nazi sculptor Joseph Thorak, termed “Hitler Horses.”
A year later, he helped restore five stolen masterpieces from a criminal group in Ukraine.