Top Ten Biggest Art Heists

Updated May 20, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

A picture's worth a lot more than a thousand words

Despite their frequency in movies, art heists are actually fairly rare. Art is hard to move, hard to keep, and hard to sell. And, art thieves aren't always the most educated about what pieces are worth. But, there have been a few high profile (and high cost) capers since the infamous theft of the Mona Lisa. The biggest of all time happened right across town from the Infoplease offices at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  Here are the ten biggest art heists and the high-value paintings that were stolen. These pieces remain at large.


RankLocationPainting and valueTotal value of theftDate
1.Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, BostonJohannes Vermeer, The Concert, $200 million$500 millionMarch 18, 1990
2.Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Mass.Rembrandt Van Rijn, Storm of the Sea of Galilee $3.4 million$500 millionMarch 18, 1990
3.Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, FrancePablo Picasso, Le Pigeon Aux Petits Pois or The Pigeon With Green Peas, $30 million$140 millionMay 20, 2010
4.Czartoryski Museum, PolandRaphael, Portrait of a Young Man, $100 millionmore than $100 million1939
5.Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Cairo, EgyptVincent Van Gogh, Poppy Flowers, $55 million$55 million2010
6.Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsRembrandt Van Rijn, View of the Sea at Scheveningenand Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, $30 million$30 millionDecember 7, 2002
7.Kunsthal Museum, Rotterdam, The NetherlandsSeven masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Lucian Freud, $24 million$24 millionOctober, 2012
8.Oratory of San Lorenzo, SicilyCaravaggio, Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence , $20 million$20 millionOctober, 1969
9.Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, EnglandPaul Cezzane, View of Auvers-sur-Oise, $4.5 million$4.5 millionDecember 31, 1999
10.Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent, BelgiumJan Van Eyck, The Just Judges, 1 million Belgian francs1 million Belgian francsApril 10, 1934
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