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'Two Laughing Boys' stolen for a third time

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"Thieves stole a painting by Dutch Golden-Age master Frans Hals from a small museum near the Dutch city of Utrecht on Thursday, police said, the third time the canvas has been stolen.

"The artwork, valued at 15 million euros ($18 million) by one expert, and dating from 1626, was taken from the Hofje van Aerden Museum before dawn on Thursday with thieves breaking into the building from the back door.

"It is the second theft of a painting from a Dutch museum closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic, after a Van Gogh was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum in March."

Full report at Reuters: Link

Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer: Wikipedia

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Of ocurse it's always awful and tragic when art gets stolen from museums.

But shoot, stolen three times? Seems like somebody really, really wants that ugly painting...

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