And while the city may be well known for being important both historically and culturally, more recently it’s attained notoriety for a far less pleasant reason. In fact, Tokat has gained something of a reputation as a hub for smugglers.
Significantly, in early 2015 anti-smuggling police discovered an old painting, completed in oils, during a vehicle search in the city. But this wasn’t just any old oil picture being transported in a somewhat suspicious way.
In fact, the piece was believed to be the work of a globally respected master artist, one Vincent van Gogh. The work – “Orphan Man, Standing” – included one determining feature. A legend bearing the Dutch genius’ name was found on the painting’s reverse-side.