Reports: FBI confirms Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum artwork sightings

Manet's oil on canvas "Chez Tortoni" (1878-80). Credit: Reuters
Manet’s oil on canvas “Chez Tortoni” (1878-80).
Credit: Reuters

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed sightings of missing artwork that was taken from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 24 years ago, reports the Associated Press.

FBI Special Agent Geoff Kelly, who is heading up the investigation into the theft of the 13 masterpieces valued at $500 million, told  WFXT-TV that the FBI has confirmed sightings of the missing artwork from credible sources.

The artwork was stolen from the iconic Boston museum in 1990. It includes works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet. The culprits – two men disguised as city police officers – were never caught.


Kelly identified three persons of interest in the case, all with ties to organized crime: Carmello Merlino, Robert Guarente –  both deceased – and Robert Gentile, who has denied any knowledge of the missing work.

The FBI launched a public campaign a little over a year ago to breathe new life into the luke-warm case. In an interview with Metro in August, Kelly said he believed the reason they’ve remained hidden is that the thieves are not able to unload them. 

A $5 million reward, as well as immunity from the US Attorney, has been offered.

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