Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Painted once, stolen twice

This magnificent painting was recovered in Serbia yesterday, after being stolen not once but twice in the last 17 years! Rembrandt's Portrait of the Father, a haunting painting in sultry, earthy colors, is estimated to be worth around $3.5 million. The 17th-century Dutch master created it in 1630 (that's 1630!!), and it was last stolen in 2006. I hope when I get to the other side I can tell Rembrandt how popular—financially and sentimentally—his paintings are worth these days. Let's hope these rotten thrives can leave this one alone for a while. A long while.

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