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Saturday 14 December 2019

New push to solve $500m art heist mystery

Tom Leonard in New York

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)

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