Monday November 30, 2020

Investment Special: Irish connection to US art heist

The Art Loss Register, which was set up in 1991, is the world's largest private database of lost and stolen art, antiques and collectables, writes Kieron Wood.

6th October, 2012
One of the items listed on the ALR is a 1965 silver Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball. Photo: Getty

How would you like to make $5 million? Well, that's the reward for information about a $500 million theft of an art collection which is rumoured to be in Ireland.

The paintings, which include works by Vermeer, Degas and Rembrandt, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 17, 1990. It remains the biggest unsolved art heist in American history.

Christopher Marinello, general counsel to the London-based Art Loss Register, told a packed gathering...

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