September 24, 2012 |
Even by Hollywood standards, the audacious art heist from the home of a wealthy L.A. money man is an intriguing whodunit. Jeffrey Gundlach, one of the world's top bond gurus, has offered a $1.7-million bounty for the safe return of a cherished collection stolen from his Santa Monica home last week. The $10-million haul included some of the biggest names in contemporary art: Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns and Richard Diebenkorn. On Monday, Gundlach took the unusual step of holding a news conference in downtown Los Angeles to announce one of the highest rewards on record for the return of stolen art. He set aside $1 million of the reward money for a Mondrian piece, which one art-theft expert said was the most ever offered for a single painting.
March 20, 1990 |
A dozen priceless works of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum early Sunday morning were not insured against theft, a museum spokesman confirmed Monday. "They were insured against damages," said Barry Wanger, a spokesman for the collection housed in an Italianate villa. "But not against theft."
March 19, 1990 |
Thieves disguised as policemen talked their way into a leading art museum early Sunday and stole 11 paintings, including major works by Rembrandt, Degas, Manet and Vermeer, FBI and museum officials said. The value of the missing works, which also included an ancient Chinese beaker, was "in the hundreds of millions of dollars," said Karen Haas, acting curator of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
March 20, 1990 |
The wood-paneled offices are tucked away on the fourth floor of the Explorers Club in Manhattan--a nice bit of symbolism--and serve as a central clearing house in the international search for stolen art. When the phone rang on Monday, it was no surprise that the FBI was on the other end of the line.
April 25, 1991 |
Getty Gets New Curator: Deborah Gribbon, the J. Paul Getty Museum's associate director for curatorial affairs since 1986, has been appointed the museum's associate director and chief curator. Before coming to the Getty, Gribbon spent eight years as curator of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
May 4, 1990 |
America's Most Wanted Artworks: The television show "America's Most Wanted" will broadcast a re-enactment of the theft of artworks from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as part of the effort to solve the $200-million crime. At the urging of the FBI, museum officials allowed camera crews on Monday to re-create the March 18 crime, using actors to play the thieves and museum guards, and enlarged photographs of the artworks made from museum slides.