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1990 - DetailMarch 18, 1990 - The largest art theft in U.S. history occurs in Boston, Massachusetts, when two thieves posing as policemen abscond twelve paintings worth an estimated $100-200 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
What Did They Steal?
Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633) - Rembrandt van Rijn
A Lady and Gentleman in Black (1633) - Rembrandt van Rijn
Self Portrait (1634), an etching on paper; - Rembrandt van Rijn
The Concert (1658-1660) - Jan Vermeer
Landscape with an Obelisk (1638) - Govaert Flinck
Chinese vase or Ku
Five works on paper - Edgar Degas
A finial from the top of a pole support for a Napoleonic silk flag
Chez Tortoni (1878-1880) - Edouard Manet
The art has still not been recovered or the thieves caught. There is a $5 million dollar reward offered by the museum. The theft still remains the largest private property crime in United States history. While the investigation into the stolen art has led to a trail into to Connecticut and south to Philadelphia, it has not been recovered and the thieves are still at large.
Photo above: Montage of three of the art pieces stolen in the heist: The Concert by Vermeer and Rembrandt's Storm in the Sea of Galilee and A Lady and Gentleman in Black. Source: Wikipedia Commons. Other info sources: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
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