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Feb 13, 2007 05:50 AM

Maltese Falcon boosted from John's Grill

Your lamb chop at John's Grill won't taste as good these days. Some weasel burgled the joint over the weekend and stole "the stuff that dreams are made of."

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  1. Yeah, but those Lamb chops are REALLY good....hopefully the missing maltese won't degrade the chef's lamb chop ability.

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    1. re: jupiter

      Tell me about it. I lived for a couple of years at 20 Monroe St. (now 20 Dashiell Hammett Place) -- the same building Dashiell Hammett lived in when he wrote the Maltese Falcon -- and tried to retrace his footsteps, including to John's.

    2. This morning's NY Times reports that the stolen falcon statuette was a plaster copy worth perhaps $2,000, which had been donated by Elisha Cook Jr. The originals (they made more than one for safety's sake) are of lead, and one can easily notice the difference in detail and quality between the two if you check out the photo in the Times (available online free for a week).
      One of the lead originals is worth $400,000 (price fetched at Christie's)

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      1. re: niki rothman

        It's well known that it's a copy. However, the sentimental value is much greater that $2000. John's is offering a $25,000 reward for the return of their copy.