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Maltese Falcon boosted from John's Grill

Gary Soup Feb 13, 2007 05:50 AM

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."

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi...

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    niki rothman Feb 14, 2007 07:22 AM

    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).
    P.S.
    One of the lead originals is worth $400,000 (price fetched at Christie's)

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    1. re: niki rothman
      Gary Soup Feb 14, 2007 09:53 AM

      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.

    2. jupiter Feb 13, 2007 12:38 PM

      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
        Gary Soup Feb 13, 2007 05:08 PM

        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.

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