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The Gardner Heist

In Culture, Current Events, General Interest, History on March 13, 2009 at 8:50 pm


The Concert by Vermeer
One of the masterpieces stolen in 1990
Photo courtesy of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA 

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In the early hours of March 18th, 1990, 2 men talked their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and in less than 90 minutes escaped with 13 pieces of art valued today at over 500 million dollars. It is the largest unsolved art theft in US history, but with a 5 million dollar reward and a new book published about the crime, there are a few who are still trying to close this very cold case.

Ulrich Boser is the author of: The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft published by Smithsonian Books/Collins in Feb. 2009.

For more infmormation about Art Crime in the US, visit the FBI Art Crime Unit website.

For more infomration about the Gardner Heist case and other open cases, visit Boser’s new website.

Finally, for an interesting account of the story, visit this site from the Boston Globe.

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