Art: Rembrandt for $500,000

With high excitement two U.S. museums this week are celebrating the acquisition of works by a painter who has always been a sound investment—the 17th century master of northern European painting, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. In both cases the prices were even higher than the excitement.

In Detroit the Institute of Arts has on display its newest (and sixth) Rembrandt, the small (8½ by 6½ in.) A Woman Weeping, donated by Henry Ford II, president of the Ford Motor Co., and his wife. Last year Mrs. Ford spotted the small Rembrandt in Manhattan's...

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