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Remember the Movie Entrapment? This Grandma Hated It.

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Remember when Sean Connery cut the Rembrandt out of the frame, rolled it up, slid it into a mailing tube and mailed it out of the building? Well, this was one of those times when Hollywood imagination had a higher priority than well researched details! Let me tell you what happens when you do that to a painting… never mind the painting was supposed to be wellGrandma, stolen and rolled up over 400 years old.

Meet Grandma. She painted her self portrait painting a painting in her beautiful white dress. She was a “looker.” Nicely painted, it was done around 1900. Along with the contents of the house, it was cut out of the frame, rolled up like a newspaper and stolen. However, in this case, the men in blue got their man, got the stuff back and the painting was recuperated by the police.

So, here’s what happens when you roll an old painting up. The paint goes nuts! It pops off and the family brought me the portrait, unrolled, looking like a plate of corn flakes.

If you live close to Los Angeles, the second half of this week and the weekend is the Los Angeles Art Show of the Fine Art Dealers Association. Held in the LA conventions Center next to Staples, it’ll be a great show with LOTS to see. Come by as see us too… Grandma will be there!

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29 Responses to "Remember the Movie Entrapment? This Grandma Hated It."
  1. Scott says:

    Dorothy responded:

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  2. steven says:

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  4. Tristan McCaffrey says:

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  8. Frank Gilbert says:

    Shaun White discussed the story of his mother taking his gold medal to get cleaned at the cleaners in an interview on NBC. It was very cool! He asked his mom if there was anyway they could get the gold medal ribbon clean as it had gotten really dirty and his mother took the whole thing to the cleaners! Shaun was astonished when his mom came back with a dry cleaning bag on top of it. Shaun also found it was hysterical that she complained about how much it was to get it cleaned.

  9. Ali Michaels says:

    I deal with a lot of fakes from Europe but we also run into paintings that have been rolled up and we guess (fantasize) that many years ago they were smuggled. We see the situation you posted about all the time. Everyone that stores or ships art should take your coaching to heart or suffer the loss in value and ruin the artwork. Thanks for writing about this.

    I love your blog. Its so interesting. I’ll look at your book.

  10. Abby says:


    I am new here..First post to just say hi to all community.


  11. Great website. We provide after party cleaning. What should we watch out for as we clean up, as related to artwork, antiques etc?

    • Scott says:

      Great question. Yes! There are many things to watch out for.

      First BIG tip is to never use off the shelf household cleaning products on artwork and antiques!

      Search on this blog. There are a few posts that have to do with damage from cleaning ladies.

      Also, my book continually reminds people about being careful about clean up on all kinds of items. You can download a specific chapter if you don’t want to order the whole book.

      Great question. I’m looking forward to more questions from you. Stay in touch.


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  13. Jazlyn McKensie says:

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  15. McKenzie Stevenson says:

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  16. MrJackson says:

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  17. Agnes WILLIAMS says:

    Nice story you got here. It’d be great to read a bit more about it. Thanks for the tips.

  18. Kate Matteo says:

    Great stories and thanks for the useful info on many of your posts. I’m especially thankful for the info on storing my stuff archivally. I’ve just subscribed to your RSS feed. I love your posts.

  19. Marty Lee says:

    Cool website. I enjoyed reading your information on preserving stuff. There’s not very much other info around on this subject is there? Thanks also for the free downloads.

  20. Brittany Thompson says:

    That is too bad! This looked like it would have been lovely too. What a shame that real life can’t be like the movies!

  21. Matt says:

    Yes, I’ve seen people roll up a painting before. What alot of people don’t relize is the paint is dry and hard like candle wax. And it will do what you showed in that pic.

  22. Niko Sumaki says:

    I’ve seen paintings rolled up and sold before. But your article is pretty clear about the damage that can occur. So, why doesn’t it happen to all paintings?

    • Scott says:

      Damage appears to not happen immediately to new paintings but the damage will show up later. The damage happens more immediately on vintage paintings.

  23. Lisa says:

    Great story. She was such a beautiful woman.

  24. bheem says:

    Old paintings or pics are so important to save them. I do have my great grand fathers and ancestors photos safe with me..:-)

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