Museum heist still a mystery

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The theft of five artist’s maquettes from a winter exhibit at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art remains unsolved, but museum executive director Kate Eilertson said Monday that the facility’s insurer has closed its investigation and is initiating the process for reimbursing the artist, Fletcher Benton.

Benton’s work was on exhibit during the showing, that ran from November 2010 through Feb. 6 and featured a mock-up of the artist’s studio with work in progress and shelves holding dozens of items from Benton’s San Francisco studio, including the missing maquettes. The maquettes are scale models used by artists and architects to develop conceptual details of a piece before committing to a finished work. Because Benton has an international following, the models themselves – which were 12- to 15-inches high – have significant value and were worth approximately $8,000 apiece

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