New push to solve $500m art heist mystery
Published 17/03/2010 | 05:00
TWENTY years after two thieves walked into a Boston museum and pulled off the biggest art heist in history, investigators are making a renewed effort to recover a haul valued at up to $500m (€365m).
The fate of the 13 paintings has remained a mystery in the art world since they were stolen in the early hours of March 18, 1990, from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Exploiting the museum's light security, the pair -- dressed as police officers -- bound and gagged the two inexperienced guards.
They took five works by Degas and three by Rembrandt. The most valuable picture stolen was Vermeer's 'The Concert', valued at more than $250m.
Speculation as to the thieves' identity has ranged from opportunistic local crooks to a notorious Boston crime lord and even IRA gun runners. The FBI has now resubmitted DNA samples for updated testing. (© The Telegraph , London)