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A painting with a past

The Getty Museum has just put on display a Rembrandt painting not

The Getty Museum has just put on display a Rembrandt painting not “seen in public” since it was stolen at gunpoint nearly 30 years ago, said the Los Angeles Times. An influential canvas portraying a “richly dressed, unknown woman,” Portrait of a Girl Wearing a Gold-Trimmed Coat (1632) will hang at the Los Angeles museum for the next year. For decades, it was displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, said Randy Kennedy in The New York Times. But in 1975, two thieves simply purchased tickets to the museum, removed the painting from the wall, and fired on guards as they fled. The crime was “the most expensive art heist in American history” up to that time, and though the painting was recovered the next year, it has remained in private hands ever since. The thieves were never caught.

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