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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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The Gardner Heist

THE LARGEST ART THEFT IN HISTORY

 

On March 18, 1990, two men walked into the Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, and pulled off the largest art heist in history.

 

For an hour and a half, these men (clad in police officer attire) moved unchecked through the museum, cutting priceless masterpieces out of their frames and taking whatever appeared to strike their fancy. By the time they were done, the two thieves walked out with 13 pieces valued at several hundred million US dollars.

 

Strangely, the museum’s most valuable piece, Titian’s Europa, was left intact by the criminals along with ...

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