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Where's Art? with Annie Dugan: "the holy grail of art crime" - well, a couple of them

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Maybe it's the rain and gloom, but Annie Dugan's thoughts are turning to the dark side of art these days. 

Chances are, if you pay $450 million dollars for a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, you expect it to actually be painted by da Vinci.

Find out more about the disappearing Salvator Mundi here: A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden (New York Times, April 11)

Credit (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Dutch Room, where thieves stole three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a painting by Govaert Flinck and an ancient Chinese beaker.

Meanwhile, 31 years ago, two men dressed in police uniforms talked themselves into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and walked out with 13 irreplaceable artworks.

Netflix is featuring a documentary about the crime, This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist.

And if it was indeed "the holy grail of art crime," why have none of the works been recovered three decades later? Here's the link to the podcast about the heist, Last Seen, produced by WBUR in Boston.

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