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The famous picture of Churchill exchanged with a copy in the Ottawa hotel, the staff has not noticed for months

The famous picture of Churchill exchanged with a copy in the Ottawa hotel, the staff has not noticed for months

A famous photograph of WWII-era British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was stolen from a hotel in Ottawa and replaced with a copy without staff noticing for months.

It took officials at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier at least eight months before they realized that the photo, which may be worth more than $100,000, had been altered. CNN affiliate CTV reported.
The general manager of the hotel, Genevieve Dumas, wrote in Facebook Mail. “The hotel is very proud to have this amazing Karsh Collection, which was safely installed in 1998.”
The portrait, painted in 1941 by Canadian photographer Youssef Karsh, is “one of the most widely reproduced in the history of photography,” according to him. Crush site. In 2016, photo had become the face Five pound note from the Bank of England.
The original was hung at the Chateau Laurier until a date officials believe likely ranged between December 25, 2021 and January 6, 2022, the hotel’s general manager Genevieve Dumas. CTV said.

Last weekend, hotel staff noticed that the picture was incorrectly attached, and the frame did not match other frames in the space, CTV reported. Then hotel officials used the photos submitted by the public to help determine when to swap out the original photo and frame.

The director of marketing for the Chateau Laurier hotel told CNN that the investigation into the disappearance of the image is still ongoing.

The theft was likely an “inside job,” said Robert Whitman, a former FBI art crime investigator, CTV said.

“So usually when a situation like this happens, it’s not a store robbery, it’s not just a burglary; it’s someone on the inside who has access, knows what they’re looking for, knows the security procedures that were protecting the piece and they (they) are,” Whitman told CTV. They were able to defeat those actions because they had inside information.”

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The lovable black and white photo captures Churchill frowning moments after Karsh snatches a cigar from the Prime Minister’s mouth for the shot.

“By the time I got back to the camera, he looked so belligerent he could devour me. And at that moment the picture was taken,” written about the photo. “I knew after I took it that it was an important photo, but I could never have dreamed that it would become one of the most widely reproduced images in the history of photography.”
The photographer lived in the hotel and ran his studio out of the hotel for two decades. according to his property, And when Karsh left, he left the hotel with a bunch of his photos – including that of Churchill.

“His relationship with the hotel was very deep and very warm,” Jerry Felder, Karsh property manager, told CTV. “This was a very special print for him, and it was a really beautiful print. So it holds a very special significance.”

The Fairmont Château Laurier urged anyone with information about the stolen photo to contact local authorities immediately.