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Stolen Rembrandt: Investigators reviewing hotel security video

August 14, 2011 | 12:21 pm

Rembrandt's "The Judgment" as seen on the Linearis Institute website.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators are reviewing hotel surveillance footage after a work by Rembrandt was stolen Saturday evening from a private art exhibit at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey, officials said.

The theft occurred when a curator was distracted by another person, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. The pen-and-ink artwork, valued at $250,000 or more, vanished from the exclusive hotel between 10:20 and 10:35 p.m. "Our detectives are reviewing the hotel security video for information identifying those involved," he said.

Whitmore said the small piece, approximately 11-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.

"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.


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Image: Rembrandt's "The Judgment" as seen on the Linearis Institute website. Credit: The Linearis Institute