Tuesday, March 12, 2019

82 yo Gangster the last surviving link to mysterious $500M art heist

82-year-old Robert “The Cook” Gentile’s imminent release from prison is reigniting interest in the world’s biggest unsolved art heist. The $500m heist in 1990 was from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Gentile has been described as the last surviving person of interest in the case. None of the artworks has been recovered and the thieves are still at large.
Govaert Flinck’s Landscape with an Obelisk (1638).

'The Concert' one of 34 known works by Vermeer and the most valuable stolen painting at over $200m.
Some $500m worth of art, including Rembrandt’s 'Storm on the Sea of Galilee' was stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in March 1990. The Gardner heist was carried out by two men dressed in police uniforms who apparently overpowered a night security guard who had buzzed them in. During a polygraph test, Hartford mobster Robert Gentile had an intense reaction when shown images of the missing paintings, while he remained calm when shown unrelated artwork. The museum initially offered a reward of $5m. In 2017 this was doubled to $10m with an expiration date set to the end of the year.

'A Lady and Gentleman in Black' by Rembrandt, painted in 1633.
Almost 30 years after the heist, the empty frames still hang in the Gardner Museum.

'Chez Tortoni' by Manet.

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