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'Last Seen' Unveils Mysteries Behind World's Largest Art Theft

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. (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. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In 1990, thirteen pieces of art — worth half a billion dollars — were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The unsolved heist remains one of the art world’s most confounding mysteries.

WBUR and The Boston Globe have launched a podcast called “Last Seen” to investigate the heist and why none of the art has been recovered.

Reporters Jack Rodolico (@JackRodolico)and Kelly Horan (@kellyahoran) report in this excerpt from the podcast’s first episode.

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