Art: A Masterpiece of Sorts

The stealing of art has become such a popular pastime with the highbrow underworld that it has also become—as news, at least—a bit of a bore. But last week's heist from the respected O'Hana Gallery in London was the biggest in British history. Gone from the gallery's choice "Summer Exhibition" were 35 paintings, including works from the recently sold Sir Alexander Korda collection, Renoir's magnificent Andree Assise from the Somerset Maugham collection, and the well-known Tilling the Vineyard, by Toulouse-Lautrec. The market value of the haul was estimated at about $1,200,000, and the thieves were obviously connoisseurs. They not only...

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