Arts & Entertainment

Rembrandt theft from LA hotel still a mystery

Although it appeared to be an open-and-shut case, the theft of a centuries-old Rembrandt from the Ritz-Carlton hotel in L.A. has left the art world and authorities perplexed.

Two thieves attended an art exhibition at the hotel and while one distracts a curator, the other steals a valuable Rembrandt drawing and takes off with it.

Apparently finding the small pen-and-ink work by the Dutch master too hot to fence, the thieves have second thoughts. They abandon it, undamaged, at a church on the other side of town.

Then the real mystery begins.

Three weeks after recovering the framed, 11-by-6 inch drawing called "The Judgment," authorities aren't sure whether it really is a Rembrandt or if it even belongs to the art dealer that displayed it with other works at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey.