Paintings by the great artists have always been highly prized objects, from the masters of the Renaissance to the Impressionist painters of the 19th century and the surrealists of the 20th. What’s more, some of those who covet such artifacts will resort to theft to get their hands on the objects of their desire.
The Concert by Johannes Vermeer
Painted around 1664 by the Dutch Master Vermeer and valued at $200 million, The Concert is perhaps the most valuable painting ever to be stolen. Its theft was part of a massive heist in 1990, when two men disguised as cops stole 13 paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The artworks were reckoned to be worth a staggering $500 million. What’s more, there’s still a $5 million reward on offer to anyone who helps to retrieve the stolen pieces.