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Rembrandt painting stolen from Marina del Rey art exhibit, officials say

August 14, 2011 | 11:10 am

The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey

A Rembrandt work valued at more than $250,000 was stolen Saturday evening from a private art exhibit at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey when a curator was distracted by an apparent diversion, Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said.

The painting vanished from the exclusive hotel between 10:20 and 10:35 p.m., said Steve Whitmore, a sheriff's spokesman.

"The hotel has top quality security. We believe this was a well-thought out and well-planned theft," Whitmore said.

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

The work by Rembrandt van Rijn, the renowned Dutch 17th Century painter and etcher, is said to be titled "The Judgment."


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-- Richard Winton

Photo: File photo of the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. Credit: Perry: Perry C. Riddle / Los Angeles Times