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Missing Art In Maine

Post by francis58 on Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:19 pm

Last evening on Public radio it was reported that an inmate incarcerated in Prison in Walpoe that the trove of Art that had been stolen from the gardner Museum in Boston during the early 90's is indeed in a home in maine. I was wondering about this most unusual story. Would any of you have a therory

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Re: Missing Art In Maine

Post by xmashen on Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:24 pm

it's not ME! I swear they are just cheap prints from the Dollar Store!

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Re: Missing Art In Maine

Post by Timeout on Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:00 pm

And it wasn't me...the last time I went to the Isabella Gardiner Museum in Boston was when I was 18...we're talking decades here.

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Re: Missing Art In Maine

Post by Chuck on Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:03 pm

It wasn't me either. The only art I have is a picture of JFK and a velvet Elvis.

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FIVE MILLION DOLLAR Reward

Post by C on Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:08 pm

Theft Notices & Recoveries - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Robbery of priceless works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2 Palace Road, Boston, Massachusetts, March 18, 1990.

THE CRIME

Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property
Major Theft

REWARD

A FIVE MILLION DOLLAR Reward is offered for the safe recovery of all stolen items in good condition. The recovery of an individual object will result in a portion of the reward, based upon the object's market value.

DETAILS

On March 18, 1990, the Gardner Museum was robbed by two unknown white males dressed in police uniforms and identifying themselves a Boston police officers. The unknown subjects gained entrance into the museum by advising on-duty security personnel that they were responding to a call of a disturbance within the compound. Security, contrary to museum regulations, allowed the unknown subjects into the facility.

Upon gaining entry, the two unknown subjects abducted the on duty security personnel, securing both guards with duct tape and handcuffs in separate remote areas of the museum's basement. The unknown subjects brandished no weapons, nor were any weapons seen during this heist. Other than a "panic" button located behind the guards' watch desk area, the museum alarm system was internally only. Since the panic button was not activated, no actual police notification was made during the robbery. The video surveillance film was seized by the unknown subjects prior to their departure.

While in the museum from the hours of 1:24 a.m. to 2:45 a.m., the unknown subjects seized the following works of art, the values of which have been estimated as high as 300 million dollars.

DUTCH ROOM GALLERY

1. VERMEER, THE CONCERT; Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 64.7 cm.
2. REMBRANDT, A LADY AND GENTLEMAN IN BLACK; Oil on canvas, 131.6 x 109 cm. Inscribed at the foot, REMBRANDT. FT: 1633.
3. REMBRANDT, THE STORM ON THE SEA OF GALILEE, Oil on canvas, 161.7 x 129.8. cm. Inscribed on the rudder, REMBRANDT. FT: 1633
4. REMBRANDT, SELF PORTRAIT, Etching, 1 3/4" x 2", (Postage Stamp size)
5. GOVAERT FLINCK, LANDSCAPE WITH AN OBELISK , Oil on an oak panel, 54.5 x 71 cm. Inscribed faintly at the foot on the right; R. 16.8 (until recently this was attributed to Rembrandt).
6. CHINESE BRONZE BEAKER OR "KU", Chinese, SHANG DYNASTY, 1200-1100 BC; height of 10 ", diameter of 6 1/8", with a weight of 2 pounds, 7 ounces.

SHORT GALLERY

1. DEGAS, LA SORTIE DU PELAGE, pencil and water color on paper, 10 x 16 cm.
2. DEGAS, CORTEGE AUX ENVIRONS DE FLORENCE, pencil and wash on paper, 16 x 21 cm. (This and the above were originally in a single frame.)
3. DEGAS, THREE MOUNTED JOCKEYS; Black ink, white, flesh and rose washes, probably oil pigments, applied with a brush on medium brown paper, 30.5 x 24 cm.
4. DEGAS, PROGRAM FOR AN ARTISTIC SOIREE; Charcoal on white paper, 24.1 x 30.9 cm.
5. DEGAS, PROGRAM FOR AN ARTISTIC SOIREE; a less finished version of the above, charcoal on buff paper, 23.4 x 30 cm. (This and the above were originally in a single frame.)

BLUE ROOM GALLERY

1. MANET, CHEZ TORTONI; Oil on canvas, 26 x 34 cm

All logical leads have been followed through to conclusion with no positive investigative results. Numerous interviews have been conducted, many accompanied by polygraph examination, with no substantial positive information developed. All forensic evidence recovered by the Boston Police Department and the F.B.I. from the crime scene has been submitted to the F.B.I. Laboratory Division for analysis and storage. Appropriate computer entries and notifications regarding the theft and description of the unknown subjects have been made.

Unknown Subjects described as follows on 3/18/90:

Unknown Suspect Number One
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: Late 20's to mid 30's
Height: 5'7" to 5'10"
Weight: Unknown
Build: Medium
Eyes: Dark
Hair: Black, short cropped
Complexion: Fair to medium
Facial Structure: Narrow
Facial Hair: Wearing a dark, shiny mustache, appearing to be false
Glasses: Wearing square-shaped, gold framed glasses
Clothing: Fully ornamented dark blue police uniform and hat, and dark shoes, with patch on left shoulder, possibly with wording "Boston Police."
Equipment: Carrying a square black radio (with 5" to 6" antenna) on belt
Accent: Possibly Boston

Unknown Suspect Number Two
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: Early to mid 30's
Height: 6'0" to 6'1"
Weight: 180 to 200 pounds
Build: Fairly broad shoulders, lanky from the waist down
Eyes: Dark
Hair: Black, medium length, puffy with additional length in back, rounded off just over the collar
Complexion: Fair to medium
Facial Structure: Round
Facial Hair: Black shiny mustache appearing to be false
Glasses: None
Clothing: Same as Unknown Subject Number One
Equipment: Same as Unknown Subject Number One
Accent:

Persons with information regarding the Gardner Museum theft should contact the Boston F.B.I. office at 1-617-742-5533. Callers will be assured confidentiality by use of a code name.

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FBI Pursues Inmate Tip in Gardner Museum Heist

Post by C on Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:11 pm

FBI Pursues Inmate Tip in Gardner Museum Heist
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BOSTON—An inmate serving a life sentence for murder believes he has a hot tip in the still-unsolved theft of more than $300 million worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, the Boston Globe reports.

Last year, the Boston Herald identified George Reissfelder, a mob associate who'd died in 1991, as a potential suspect. Shortly thereafter, the inmate, Robert C. Beauchamp, contacted the FBI and said that in 1991 Reissfelder had told him that the stolen artworks — including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a Degas, and a Manet — were hidden in the Maine home of a recently deceased associate.

Reissfelder died soon after, without revealing the specific location of the Maine house.

"We have acted upon the information, but we have been unable to corroborate it," said a spokeswoman for the FBI's Boston office.

The museum, meanwhile, is skeptical. "The information provided by this individual in the past has not led to any significant development in the case," it said in a statement.

The FBI searched a house in Lewiston, Maine, last year on a tip from Beauchamp, without turning anything

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Re: Missing Art In Maine

Post by Z on Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:27 pm

Five million dollars?!


It's me!

I have them!


Where do I go to collect my five million dollars?


lol! lol! lol!

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Re: Missing Art In Maine

Post by 911Dispatcher on Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:02 pm

Wow Z where have you been? Nice to see you back.

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Re: Missing Art In Maine

Post by Z on Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:22 am

Thank you.

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