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Rembrandt etching lost in the post

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A Norwegian art gallery has lost a Rembrandt etching in the post after trying to save money on a courier and insurance.

The Soli Brug Gallery in Greaaker bought a copy of the Dutch painter's Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, Writing-Master from a British dealer.

The etching, made around 1658, is said to be worth £5,400 ($8,500), but is now lost in the Norwegian postal system, BBC News reports.

"Using a courier or special insurance is quite expensive so we have used regular mail until now," Ole Derje, the gallery's chairman said.

"It is worth around 40,000 to 50,000 crowns (£4,300-£5,400) and the postal service is offering us compensation of 500-1,000 crowns."

Derje said he received a notice to pick up the package, but when he went to collect it, it couldn't be located.

Hilde Ebeltoft-Skaugrud, a spokeswoman for the postal service, added: "We are sorry that this has happened; we have advised him to use a more appropriate form of mail when sending items that are worth as much as this with the appropriate insurance connected."

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