Private school fees getting you down? Got your eye on a Bugatti Beyron that you just have to have? Well, I’m here to tell you about the guaranteed way to make five million dollars so you can indulge in whatever materialistic fantasy you’re currently entertaining. Just arrange for the return of the thirteen priceless art pieces stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the FBI will cut you a check for a cool five mill.
You may recall the sensational story: on March 18, 1990 two men posing as police officers entered the Gardner Museum and brazenly cut several masterpieces from their frames, grabbed a couple of objets d’arts and departed 81 minutes later with works by Manet, Degas, Vermeer and Rembrandt.
Twenty-three years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the reward remains in place. Enter Anthony Amore. This Harvard grad is no slouch. He helped the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rebuild security at Logan Airport after 9/11 and personally dealt with the shoe-bomber investigation as a special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Since 2005 Amore has been the head of security for the Gardner and the chief investigator into the museum’s audacious art heist. He is also the co-author of Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists written with award-winning investigative reporter, Tom Mashburg. Their book chronicles the theft of Rembrandts from around the world.
Simple. This master artist was prolific, his works are worth millions of dollars and most of them are small and portable. The book chronicles the theft of 80 works by Rembrandt stolen from around the world over the last century. According to Amore, “A Rembrandt, real or imagined, is far harder to sell than it is to steal,” because it is virtually impossible to find a buyer.
The other surprising fact is that the thieves are not always connoisseurs or even art lovers. They are often more Duck Dynasty than Ocean’s Eleven with little expertise or appreciation for art other than for the potential dollars the theft might realize.
So if like me, you want to know more about this hidden world of violence, greed, ignorance and obsession come to the Greenwich Library on Tuesday September 17th at 7:00 p.m. to hear Amore share his jaw-dropping stories and arsenal of encyclopedic knowledge about stolen Rembrandts.
COCKTAIL PARTY TRIVIA:
The Gardner Museum theft got an amusing nod from The Simpsons creators in the episode American History X-Cellent when The Concert by Vermeer is found in Mr. Burns’ private collection.
The 1990 heist is also the subject of the documentary Stolen (2005) directed by Rebecca Dreyfeus. (Click the title to see the trailer)
Author talk and book signing with
Greenwich Library Meeting Room
September 17, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.
Part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series. Free and open to all.
To Register CLICK HERE: Stealing Rembrandts at Greenwich Library