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High-profile art heists that remain unsolved

From stolen Rembrandt paintings to drawings by Degas and Picasso, the world's most famous artwork has been victim to theft throughout history. While the vast majority of works have been recovered and returned to their proper owners, thousands of valuable items remain missing in action. Here are some of the most notorious examples.

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The painting "Chez Tortoni" by Manet was one of 13 items stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 in the greatest art heist in American history. Twenty-two years later, the priceless masterpieces -- with an estimated worth of $580 million -- have never been recovered.  

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Rembrandt’s "Lady and Gentleman in Black" was also seized by thieves in the Gardner heist. 

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Rembrandt's "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," his only known seascape, is another piece missing from the Boston museum. 

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Johannes Vermeer's "The Concert," also taken from the Gardner museum, is considered the most expensive piece of stolen art work in the world. Authorities said its estimated value stands at more than $200 million. 

 

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The "Three Mounted Jockeys" by Edgar Degas is one of a handful of his drawings snatched at the Gardner museum. 

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Vincent Van Gogh's "View of the Sea at Scheveninegn" was stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on December 7, 2002.

 

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Paul Cezanne's "View of Auvers-sur-Oise" was stolen from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England on December 31, 1999. This piece is valued at nearly $5 million.

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The "Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals" by Maxfield Parrish were stolen during the burglary of a gallery in West Hollywood, Calif., on July 28, 2002. The two murals together are estimated at $4 million.

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Polidoro da Caravaggio’s “Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco” was stolen in October 1969 from the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, Italy. Its value is estimated at $20 million. 

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Pablo Picasso's “Le pigeon au petits pois” was stolen from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris on May 20, 2010. 

High-profile art heists that remain unsolved

From stolen Rembrandt paintings to drawings by Degas and Picasso, the world's most famous artwork has been victim to theft throughout history. While the vast majority of works have been recovered and returned to their proper owners, thousands of valuable items remain missing in action. Here are some of the most notorious examples.

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