The largest art theft in history is the theft of thirteen works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts in 1990. This was one of the most notorious art thefts of all time, with a value estimated at $500 million.
The robbery occurred on March 18, 1990, when two men dressed as police officers entered the museum and tied up the security guards on duty. They then proceeded to take thirteen pieces of artwork from the museum’s collection, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Manet.
The FBI has been working on this case ever since it happened and it remains unsolved to this day. The most likely explanation is that the thieves were professionals who had inside knowledge of the museum’s security system. They were able to bypass alarms and cameras, making it difficult for investigators to track them down.
Despite a $5 million reward offered by the museum for information leading to the recovery of these works of art, no leads have yet been found. There have been several theories about who could be responsible for this theft but no arrests have been made so far.
In recent years, advances in technology such as facial recognition software have enabled investigators to create composite images of what the suspects might look like now. But despite these efforts, many believe that these works will never be recovered and remain lost forever.
The biggest art theft in history is still unsolved after 30 years, with thirteen priceless works taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remaining missing to this day. Despite advancements in technology and a multi-million dollar reward offered by the museum for information leading to their recovery, no leads have yet been found and many believe that these works will never be recovered.