$5-million stolen Rembrandt found after 15 years

THOMAS ADAMSON
Colonel Stephane Goffeni holds the painting "L'enfant a la bulle de savon, 1630" attributed to painter Rembrandt during a presentation to journalists at the court in Nice
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Colonel Stephane Goffeni holds the painting "L'enfant a la bulle de savon, 1630" (Child with a Soap Bubble) attributed to painter Rembrandt (1606-1669) during a presentation to journalists at a court in Nice March 20, 2014. The painting was stolen from a museum in Draguignan in southern France 15 years ago and has been recovered in Nice. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY MEDIA)

PARIS (AP) — A stolen Rembrandt masterpiece valued at more than $5 million has been found in Nice and returned to its rightful owners after 15 years in the wilderness.

The haunting chiaroscuro oil painting, "Child with a Soap Bubble," was raided from the Draguignan Museum in July 1999 by robbers who slipped in through an adjacent library amid celebrations for the Bastille Day holiday.

Authorities recovered the 17th-century work Tuesday inside a Nice home and returned it to curator Jeanine Bussieres Thursday in an emotional ceremony.

"We are thrilled... This Rembrandt was one of our masterpieces. The child in the picture is smiling because he has a soap bubble. But yes, he could be smiling now because he's been returned to us," Bussieres told the AP.

Two suspects have been detained.