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Gardner Museum Theft


$5 Million Reward
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is offering a $5 million reward for the return of 13 pieces of art stolen in 1990. Webpage | Story


Background

On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers gained access to the Gardner Museum. Once inside, they tied up the security guards and proceeded to steal 13 objects, including rare paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, and Vermeer, valued at approximately $500 million.The case represents the largest property crime in U.S. history.

 


“Twenty-three years since the robbery. That’s far too long. It’s time for these paintings to come home.”
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Anthony Amore, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

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Officials discuss the case and their renewed efforts to recover the priceless art.

 

Related:
-
Press release (03/18/13)
- Podcast: Wanted by the FBI
- Boston FBI Continues Hunt for Stolen Art Work (2010)
- FBI Art Theft Program | Video
- National Stolen Art File
- FBI Announces Top Ten Art Crimes (2005)