The Story Behind a Billion Dollars in Missing Art… [Berkshire on Stage]

13 works of art worth a billion dollars simply disappeared after they were stolen.
13 works of art worth a billion dollars simply disappeared after they were stolen.

“My father was an artist. Loved Rembrandt, loved Vermeer…So this case is important to me.” Former Boston Globe investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian, with three Pulitzer Prizes under his belt, will give his audience the low down on “Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Robbed the Gardner Museum,” the subject of his new book. He will be at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox for a Victorian Tea & Talk to tell the story and autograph copies of his book today (Tuesday, July 21) at 4pm.

His subject is the 1990 theft of 13 works of art worth a half billion dollars from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a crime he began to cover in 1997 after the FBI failed to solve the case. The works included “The Concert” (the only Vermeer on view in New England) and Rembrandt’s only seascape, “Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” as well as sketches by Degas, a Manet portrait and three other Rembrandts. None of these works have appeared since then.

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  1. KB Saratoga says

    I wish I’d known about this sooner. I love art heists/forgeries. I’ve read a lot about the Gardner heist (including Boser’s book) but would love to hear the latest. Unfortunately, I’m not going to make it over there today. First I’ve heard of Ventfort Hall and I don’t live under a rock for art and entertainment in the area – they need better promotion.

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