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Experts Optimistic That $500M in Stolen Art Will Be Recovered Despite Passing of Nearly 25 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Now that the FBI says it knows the identity of the suspects behind the heist of $500 million of art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the question is: Will the feds recover rare works after nearly 25 years?

Art experts told the Washington Post that the chances are surprisingly good.

Christopher Marinello, an attorney for The Art Loss Register, a database of stolen artwork, said the stolen works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet likely will surface.

“A quarter of a century is not that unusual for stolen paintings to be returned,” the attorney, Christopher Marinello, told the Washington Post. “Eventually they will resurface. Somebody will rat somebody else out. It’s really only a matter of time.”

The FBI announced Monday that it has identified the two men who posed as cops and took off with 13 works of art.

Renoir Painting Stolen at Gunpoint Makes FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI has added a stolen Renoir painting to its global gallery of most wanted art pieces, the bureau announced Tuesday.

Last year an armed man with a ski mask swiped the painting, “Madeleine Leaning Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair,” from a private Texas home.

“We hope that adding the Renoir to the FBI’s Top Ten list and publicizing the reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of the painting will prompt someone to come forward,” said Peter Schneider, a sergeant with the Houston Police Department and a member of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force in Houston.

Schneider said the theft is among the most high-profile art heist he’s encountered.

Click here to read the FBI’s press release.

Ex-FBI Agent Claims Supervisor Sabotaged Efforts to Reclaim Stolen Art

stolen art bookBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired FBI agent Robert K. Wittman claims in his upcoming book that his efforts to reclaim stolen art from the biggest art heist in U.S. history was undermine by a supervisor, the Boston Globe reports.

The Globe reports that Wittman makes his claim in his yet to be released book: “Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.”

Wittman writes that while working undercover French middlemen with criminal ties thought he was a rich collector and offered to sell the stolen paintings, which were taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990 in what was regarded as the biggest art heist in U.S. history, according to the Globe.  The art, which includes three stolen Rembrandts,  is still missing.

But Globe says Wittman wrote “that that his efforts were sabotaged by a superior, called Fred in the book, who micromanaged his work and tried to have him thrown off the case.”

The Globe reported that the F.B.I. was reviewing the manuscript to see if it reveals damaging information to the case. The book is scheduled for release in June.

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