Art: Thieves in the Night

A few moments after Toronto Art Gallery employees reported for work one morning last week, the building was swarming with cops, detectives, reporters, gallery directors and art experts. The reason: six paintings were missing, and two more had been slightly damaged. The thieves had stolen Frans Hals's portraits of Isaak Abrahamsz Massa (conservatively valued by gallery officials at $120,000) and Vincent Laurensz van der Vinne ($80,000), Rembrandt's portraits of a Lady with a Lap Dog ($150,000) and a Lady with a Handkerchief ($250,000), Pierre Renoir's Portrait of Claude ($20,000), Peter Paul Rubens' The...

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