March 18, 1990 - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Art Heist

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March 18, 1990 - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Art Heist

After years of research, putting together the information/facts from my mother's story regarding her artwork and the artwork itself, plus reaching out to as many people as I can find to share our story the March 18, 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Art Heist has been solved.

Frederick Robinson Koch and John Olsen committed the heist. 

This was reported by me on June 21, 2012 to Mr. Robert Wittman. On March 18, 2013 the Museum announced it had been solved but the artwork wasn't recovered. Being almost 100% certain that Frederick Robinson Koch and/or John Olsen view my blog - from Monaco on their iPad :-), let's hope they read it and do the right thing. I wont stop until someone does the right thing. The more time that goes by the more information and facts I find - who knows how much more I have yet to discover?

Let's see so far I have discovered is almost 1 Billion dollars in art from the 500 Million dollar art heist, the October 7, 1991 James Bourlet & Sons Art Warehouse Fire. 175 Million dollar (value in 1991) , and the more then 100 million in artwork sold to my mother by Frederick Robinson Koch - see The Story here

Below is a partial list of the artwork Frederick Robinson Koch sold to my mother during their visits from approximately November 1991 - March 1992.

5 Pen and pencil drawings by Alexander Calder

1 Painting by Édouard Manet

4 Picasso pieces - 1 painting, 1 pencil drawing, 2 ink drawings

1 Painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh Man in a hat / turban - titled The Moroccan

3 Paintings by Jane Peterson - each painting is of Birds

1 Print by Jim Cassel - this was the final key to solving it.

The final answer as to how I solved the heist, came from the pieces above that Frederick selected and then sold to my mother.

Can you also figure it out?

Remember I was looking at the information from a long place of research and trying to solve my mother's artwork story so I was probably more sensitive to the information which then allowed me to make the appropriate connections.

Another connection I made is from a newspaper article -

But in late April 1994, the museum received an overture that Gardner officials regard as the most promising lead ever in the case. An anonymous letter writer said he could facilitate the return of the paintings in exchange for $2.6 million and full immunity from prosecution for the thieves and those who held the paintings. Because the overture involved a request for immunity from prosecution, the museum turned the letter, postmarked in New York, over to the FBI.

The letter writer showed considerable knowledge of the paintings and of the international art world. He said the stolen paintings were being stored in archival conditions, and had not yet been sold. But, he warned, the museum should agree swiftly to the exchange because the paintings were being held in a country where a buyer who did not know they had been stolen could claim legal ownership.

In my Miami Research Connections post I have -

Miami-Dade 1986 sales tax warrant (view it here) for an Edward Koch of a “d/b/a International Art Trading at 12530 NE 7th Ave., Miami, FL 33161.” You can do a search here for “Koch, Edward.” It’s the document 1986 R 152206# (there is also another Sales Tax warrant from 1985 R 380184#). I’m unable to find anything else about this International Art Trading company.

Plus Frederick Koch owns a home in New York.

Also in my post I have another company -

Art Restoration company (view Sunbiz document here), where an Ed Koch is listed as part-owner with a Saul Jacobs. Which gives the address for Ed Koch as 12320 NE 8th Avenue in North Miami, Florida (view on Google map here). This address comes up as being in the block owned by the Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami), with a property value of more than $11,000,000 (click here to view the property appraisers screenshot).

The van Gogh painting has restoration work done to it. Which might of been done by an Eric Carlsberg....


Who is going to do the right thing and help the Museum get its art back?

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