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Renaissance-era painting stolen

March 09, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A 450-year-old painting by Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder has been stolen from a Lutheran church in the southern Norway town of Larvik, police said.

Art expert Gunnar Krogh-Hansen estimated that "Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me" could be worth $2.1 million to $2.8 million.

It was probably painted around 1540.

The theft was discovered when firefighters responded to an alarm at the church and found a broken window and a ladder outside.

The roughly 3-foot-wide work, painted on wood, had hung in the church for about 330 years.

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