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Stolen Rodin sculpture recovered through lucky breaks, persistent chipping

Stolen Rodin sculpture recovered through lucky breaks, persistent chipping

As the director and founder of the Comité Rodin in Paris, Jérôme Le Blay has dedicated his career to the study of the great sculptor's work. So when he spotted a small Auguste Rodin bronze, "Young Girl With Serpent," at the offices of Christie's in London, he quickly recognized something the auction house had not yet discovered: The piece had been stolen two decades earlier in Beverly Hills. Essential Arts & Culture: A curated look at SoCal's vast and complex arts world "I had in my database a precise description of the stolen work,'' Le Blay recalled. The piece didn't come with much documentation, but it matched the...

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