Lost Vincent Van Gogh painting discovered in safe deposit box

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Lost Vincent Van Gogh Painting Discovered In Safe Deposit Box

A painting by Van Gogh that went missing 40 years ago might've finally been found.

Tax collectors in Spain came across what they believe is a long lost Van Gogh painting, titled "Cypress Sky and Country." It dates back to 1889 and thought to have been missing for decades.

According to El Mundo, it was found in a safe-deposit box during an operation to collect contents of more than 500 safety boxes of tax offenders.

On the back of the painting, seals show it belonged to three museums - the last located in Vienna where it was last seen. It's still unclear how it left the museum and some speculate it might have been stolen.

Van Gogh also reportedly painted several versions of the piece - one sold for almost $60 million at an auction 20 years ago. Investigators are still working to determine how it ended up in the safety deposit box.

Van Gogh's work has popped up around the world after going unseen for decades.

Last year, a Virginia man revealed a painting from 1890 he'd kept hidden away in his Virginia home since 1955. He received it from an art collector and decided to pass it on to the National Gallery of Art.
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Employees of Sotheby's auction house pose with French artist Vincent van Gogh's L'Allee des Alyscamps painted in 1888 which is estimated to sell for 40 million USD at auction in New York during a press preview in London on April 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MAY 6: Vincent van Gogh's painting known as Lallée Des Alyscamps' sold for $66.3 million during an auction at Sotheby's in New York, United States on May 6, 2015. 'Lallée Des Alyscamps' was offered at Sotheby's impressionist and modern art sale. The autumnal scene was painted in 1888 during a two-month period when van Gogh and Gauguin worked together in Arles, France.  (Photo by Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People look at Tulips planted to form a portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh Keukenhof flower garden in Lisse on April 21, 2015. The flower garden's theme is 'Van Gogh' for the 2015 season, marking the 125th anniversary of his death. AFP PHOTO / ANP / REMKO DE WAAL **NETHERLANDS OUT** (Photo credit should read REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images)
WASSENAAR, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 16: An electricity power substation is decorated with replica's of original paintings by Vincent Van Gogh on March 16, 2014 in Wassenaar, Netherlands. The Van Gogh Europe Foundation announced that in the year 2015 exhibitions will be organized to commemorate the 125th anniversary of his death. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)
A visitor looks at a painting entitled 'Arbres dans le jardin de l 'hopital Saint- Paul ' by late Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh displayed at the Orsay Museum as part of the exhibition 'Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society', on March 10, 2014 in Paris. (Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor looks at 'L'eglise d' Auvers-sur-Oise vue du chevet ' (L) and 'Paysage sous un ciel tourmenté', paintings by late Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh displayed at the Orsay Museum as part of the exhibition 'Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society', on March 10, 2014 in Paris. (Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor looks at a painting entitled 'La chambre de Van Gogh à Arles' by late Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh displayed at the Orsay Museum as part of the exhibition 'Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society', on March 10, 2014 in Paris. (Photo credit:  BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor looks at paintings by late Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh displayed at the Orsay Museum as part of the exhibition 'Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society', on March 10, 2014 in Paris. (Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
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