Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Man Tries to Sell Rembrandt Etching at Bar

Police arrested a man after he allegedly tried to sell a valuable Rembrandt etching at a bar. James Otis Denham, 49, was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he tried to sell the 1630 etching titled "The Raising of Lazarus," valued at about $6,000.

The owner's name was still on a document authenticating the Dutch master's artwork.

"At least he was stupid, and I got it back," said Barbara Dorney of Broken Arrow, who arrived home Monday to find her prized possession gone.

Denham later met an art collector at Torchy's Legends bar and showed her the etching, police said.

The art collector asked to keep the paperwork and found out the etching was stolen when she called Dorney to double-check its authenticity, Sgt. J.D. Martin said.

Police arrested Denham on Tuesday afternoon as he was arriving at the art collector's house.

"We're going to have to develop a fine-arts group within the department," Martin said.

Denham remained in the Broken Arrow Jail Thursday on a complaint of knowingly concealing stolen property.

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