World's 5 Largest Unsolved Art Thefts - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
Rare artwork can be worth millions of dollars, making it a target of professional criminals. Here are the world's 5 largest unsolved art thefts according to FBI:
Number 5 is the theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In 1990, two thieves dressed as Boston cops, stole 13 art works from the museum with an estimated value of more than $300 million. The museum has offered a reward of $5 million on information leading to recovery.
Number 4 on the list is Nativity with Saints Francis and Lawrence estimated at $20 million. The painting was stolen from San Lorenzo oratory in Palermo, Italy in 1969. Even after all these years, the authorities have not been able to find it.
Number 3 is the theft of 2 paintings from Van Gogh Musuem in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2002. Legendary Dutch painter, Vincent Gogh, painted both the art works. Experts estimate their value at an impressive $30 million.
Number 2 on the list is the 1999 theft of a landscape painting valued at approximately $4.7 million. The theft took place in the Ashmolean Musuem in Oxford, England and is believed to be the work of a professional who used smoke bombs to block the security cameras.
Number 1 is the $4 million oil painting by Maxfield Parrish stolen by cutting the ceiling of a gallery in West Hollywood, California. The 1914 painting was in the form of two panels, each measuring 7 feet by 8 feet.