The gardiner museum says the old hotspots could be worth $10 million.
Two thieves. Thirteen works of art. Twenty-seven years of mystery.
Now, anyone can get a $10 million reward for bringing those missing masterpieces back to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston.
Two men disguised as police officers painted and painted it in 1990. It is still the largest property crime in the history of the United States and the largest robbery of any art museum in the world.
In 1990, during a storm in the sea of galilee in 1633 Rembrandt, Christ was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum.
The treasure includes the only known sea view of Rembrandt and one of the 36 works by Vermeer. They are worth more than $500 million. They never found it.
The search never stopped. In 2013, the fbi said they were sure they had identified the thieves as two men tied to the mob… Or, as the agency puts it, “part of a criminal organization that has bases in the mid-atlantic states and New England. ”
Because the statute of limitations has been over for years, the role of the suspect is not as effective as it sounds. But the fbi also knew exactly what happened, at least initially – they were smuggled into “Connecticut and Philadelphia”.
Where are they now? The fbi has no clue.
Somebody knows. The federal bureau of investigation and the Gardner museum are certain. For some time in the past 27 years, they thought, someone had seen vermeer or Rembrandt, manet or degas hung on the wall or rolled up in a safe.
If that person is you, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum’s leaders are “guaranteed complete secrecy” – a $10 million bonus if prompted to restore the artwork.
Now it has doubled – temporarily.
“The increase is immediately available and will expire at midnight on December 31, 2017,” the museum said in a news release.
The promotion of the limited edition means that the search is still ongoing and enthusiastic. If you have a tip, the museum and the authorities really want to know.
“Typical stolen masterpieces will either recover soon after the theft or recover after a generation,” Anthony Amore, the museum’s director of security, said in a statement. “We remain optimistic that these works will eventually be recovered.”
Rick abbas, a security guard, said he was deceived by police officers and opened the door for them.
The former security guard says he lost a fateful night.
He spoke to StoryCorps in 2015 and said he was still angry about what had happened.
He pointed out that the thieves cut the frames directly from the two rembrandts.
“So even if they did, they would never be the same,” he said. “I feel terrible about it.”
Also in 2015, the Boston globe reporter Stephen Kurkjian explained to NPR that the works were largely impossible to sell because they were valuable and identifiable stolen goods.
On a robber, he says, is rooted in the theory of “authority, whether they are federal or state governments, will do anything to get this piece of art” – so it can serve as “out of jail free” card, or at least a “transfer to low security prison” card.