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."
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)