Art: The Work of an Expert

A razor is the best tool to use for stealing paintings. It is fast, noiseless, and may also be used as a weapon if necessary. Swiftly, silently, one December evening, an adept Buenos Aires thief went to work in the Argentine National Museum of Fine Arts. He chose a small (20 by 33 in.), valuable ($40,000) painting, Berge de Lavacourt by French Impressionism's founder, Claude Monet. There was only one guard on duty in the gallery, and he was twice called to the telephone that evening.

It was unquestionably the work of an expert:...

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