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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist
Parlor, May 16, 2012
The date: March 18, 1990. The time: 1:20 A.M. The place: Boston. Two lone figures sit quietly in a small hatchback on Palace Road, carefully watching the clock and waiting. As the clock strikes 1:24 A.M., the figures, dressed in police uniforms, move silently to a side door of a business and knock. These men do not appear threatening or out of place yet they are about to commit one of the greatest art thefts of all time: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist.
Twenty two years have passed since that night and the whereabouts of the stolen works still remain a mystery; works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, Manet and others with an estimated worth of $500 million. How did this happen? Who was involved? Where are the works now?
On Wednesday, May 16, at 8:00 p.m. Salmagundi Member and Art Cop Charles V. Sabba will shed new light on these questions and others. As Director of Unitel’s Art Loss Recovery Division, Mr. Sabba has been involved with the investigation and has gotten close enough to many of the suspects to even paint their portrait. These portraits as well as other works by Mr. Sabba will be on view May 13-19 in the Patrons’ Gallery Exhibition "Charles Sabba’s Visual Investigation into the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum Heist."
Both the lecture and exhibition are open to the public and admission is free.