Stolen ‘Divan of Hafez’ found in Germany

TEHRAN ( Iran News ) – A stolen 15th-century Divan of Hafez has been recovered by a Dutch art detective after an international “race against time,” Agence France-Presse reports.   The gold-leafed volume worth around one million euros ($1.1 million) was found to be missing from the collection of an Iranian antiques dealer after his death in Germany in 2007. It sparked a decade-long search for one of the oldest surviving copies of this stolen “Divan of Hafez” — the collected works of the poet who remains extremely popular in Iran and has inspired artists worldwide. But Arthur Brand dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the Art World” for tracing a series of lost works, finally tracked down the tome via the murky stolen arts underworld, AFP reported.