Biggest Art Theft of All Time Still Unresolved

December 5, 2008 The Art Law Blog

On Nov. 23, The Providence Journalreported that the biggest art theft of all time -- the heist of 13 works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston -- remains unresolved. The article notes that tips on the whereabouts of the stolen art include theories that the art may be hidden in secret passageways within the museum.

The article recounts that the heist was committed by men dressed as Boston police officers who claimed they were investigating a disturbance in the museum. After handcuffing and binding the museum's security guards, the thieves allegedly made off into the night with invaluable works of art by artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. The article states that the investigation is still underway and a $5 million reward still stands.