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Rembrandt drawing stolen from hotel

15th August 2011

A drawing by Rembrandt has been stolen from a California hotel in what police have described as a carefully considered, pre-meditated attack.

The work, estimated to be worth GBP 150,000, was taken from the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey on Saturday evening (August 13th), the Los Angeles County Sheriff department revealed.

Entitled The Judgement, the piece was part of an exhibition at the hotel being staged by San Francisco gallery The Linearis Institute and was taken while the curator was distracted by a guest.

Police spokesman Steve Whitmore said the hotel's security is normally exceptional so the theft was likely the work of professional thieves.

'When the curator turned back to the Rembrandt, it was gone. We're confident that our leads and the surveillance video will help us solve this,' he added.

Last year, Charles Hill, former Metropolitan Police officer in the art and antiquities unit, warned that the security of art needs to be taken more seriously if major thefts are to be avoided.

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