$8.6K Rembrandt Lost in the Mail

Norwegian gallery used postal service to save money
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2012 6:54 AM CDT
$8.6K Rembrandt Lost in the Mail
The 1628 self-portrait "Rembrandt Laughing" by Rembrandt is seen in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This is not the Rembrandt in question.   (AP Photo/ Rembrandt House Museum, ho)

So much for saving on postage. A Norwegian art gallery shelled out for a Rembrandt etching worth $8,600, then sought to have it delivered through the regular mail service—rather than a courier—to save cash. The plan backfired: The piece was lost in the mail, Reuters reports, and the Norwegian postal service is offering a maximum of $171 in compensation, according to the gallery's chairman. Says a postal service rep: "We have advised him to use a more appropriate form of mail when sending items that are worth as much as this." (Read more Rembrandt stories.)

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