BOSTON — The reward for artwork stolen more than 25 years ago from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston has been raised to $10 million.
The new reward is double what was previously being offered, but according to the museum it will only be available until the end of this year.
Thirteen pieces of art were stolen from the museum on March 18, 1990. The works of art including Vermeer’s painting, The Concert, Rembrandt’s Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee and A Lady and Gentleman in Black, Manet’s Chez Tortoni, and Edgar Degas’ Leaving the Paddock.
“These works of art were purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner for the ‘education and enjoyment of the public forever,’ said Steve Kidder, President of the Gardner Museum’s Board. “It is our fervent hope that by increasing the reward, our resolve is clear that we want the safe return of the works to their rightful place and back in public view.”
A reward of $1 million was offered initially, but in 1997 it was raised to $5 million. Now, 20 years after it was last raised, the reward is being increased again.
“The reward is prompted simply from the fact we are incredibly eager to get these paintings and get them home now,” Director of Security Anthony Amore said.
The total value of the stolen artwork is more than $500 million.
“I am absolutely certain there are people out there who have information that could help us,” Amore said.
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