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Stolen Rembrandt sketch recovered

August 16, 2011 |  6:51 am

Stolen $250K Rembrandt Drawing Found in Encino

Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators say they have recovered a work by Rembrandt that was stolen late Saturday from a private art exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.

Detectives found the sketch after receiving a tip that it was in a local church, officials said at a news conference this morning in Marina del Rey.

The theft occurred when a curator was distracted by another person. The pen-and-ink artwork, valued at $250,000 or more, vanished from the exclusive hotel between 10:20 and 10:35 p.m.

The piece, measuring about 11 inches by 6 inches, is by Rembrandt van Rijn, the renowned 17th century Dutch painter and etcher, and is titled "The Judgment." It was being exhibited in the hotel lobby and belongs to the Linearis Institute, which sometimes shows its collections in upscale hotels.

Located at 4375 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey, the Ritz-Carlton is known for its art exhibits.

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Image: Rembrandt's "The Judgment" shown at sheriff's press conference this morning. Credit: KTLA News

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