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Help The Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey Get Their Rembrandt Back!

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August 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM | by | ()

If any of you have special access to surveillance tapes at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, we would sure love to take a look (no, we're not snooping for candid Britney footage).

On Saturday, a $250,000 Rembrandt etching known as "The Judgment" disappeared from an exhibit in the hotel lobby. So how exactly does a 350-year-old lithograph just vanish? Well, that's kinda what police are trying to figure out. In the words of the LA County Sheriff's Department:

"When the curator that was attending to the art exhibit turned back to the exhibit, he noticed immediately that this individual drawing...was gone."

The hotel, according to this CBS news reporter, is "known for its top quality security," and detectives believe the theft was "well-thought-out, well-planned-out." Certainly, an 11" x 6" etching would have been easy enough to slip under a shirt or into a briefcase. Probably not so easy to get back into the hotel. But we haven't given up hope yet.

The private collection was part of a weekly exhibit hosted at the hotel by the Linearis Institute, which has a Chagall exhibition scheduled for the fall.

UPDATE: It seems the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey isn't the only LA hotel that had issues this weekend: the LA Times reports on a man who set fire to a bathrobe inside a third-floor room at the JW Marriott Los Angeles!

The incident took place on Saturday morning, and though the "small fire" was put out, two people were taken to the hospital.

[Photo: Sina]

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