Vermeer's The Concert

Vermeer's The Concert

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Stolen Art Watch, Stolen Art Watch, Gardner Art Heist, Bobby Gentile's Deathbed Omerta Denies His Lawyer Bumper Payday

Accused mobster, near death, denies ties to Boston art heist-lawyer

An accused mobster on what may be his death bed once again denied knowing anything about the whereabouts of paintings stolen from a Boston museum in the largest art heist in U.S. history, his lawyer said on Saturday.
Robert Gentile, 80, faces charges of selling a loaded firearm to a convicted killer. His attorney contends the case was brought to pressure him into leading federal agents to paintings stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
Attorney Ryan McGuigan said he visited Gentile in South Carolina this week after being advised by federal officials to tell Gentile's wife, also 80 and in ill health, and son, in his early 50s, to prepare for the possibility of the man's death.
"I told him that if there ever was a time to give up some information that you haven't yet, that I don't know, this would be it," McGuigan said in a phone interview. He said he believed that if Gentile were to offer up new information about the paintings, federal officials would allow him to see his family in Connecticut.

"He said, 'Yeah, but there's no painting,'" McGuigan said. "His story has never changed in the six years that I have represented him."
A spokesman for federal prosecutors in Connecticut declined to comment. McGuigan said he could not provide more detail on where Gentile is being held.
Gentile had been due to stand trial last month on the gun charge, but his failing health delayed proceedings. He has repeatedly denied knowing the whereabouts of any of the art taken in one of the longest-unsolved high-profile crimes in Boston.
The theft was carried out by two men dressed in police uniforms who apparently overpowered a night security guard who had buzzed them in a back entrance. None of the 13 artworks, which include Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" and Vermeer's "The Concert," has been recovered.
Due to a quirk in Gardner's will, the empty frames that held the paintings remain on the walls of the museum she built to house the collection she amassed with her husband.
The art must be displayed the way it was during her lifetime, preventing curators from hanging new works and leaving a constant reminder of the theft.

At a court hearing last year, federal prosecutors said Gentile was secretly recorded telling an undercover FBI agent he had access to at least two of the paintings and could sell them for $500,000 each.
A 2012 FBI search of Gentile's home turned up a handwritten list of the stolen art, its estimated value and police uniforms, according to court documents.

Art Hostage Comments:
What Bobby Gentile's Lawyer, Attorney Ryan McGuigan, fails to reveal is the signed deal he has with his client Bobby Gentile, giving him personally at least 40% of the $5 million reward if the Gardner paintings are ever recovered.
Bobby Gentile knows this full well and therefore, he might pass away without revealing what he actually knows about the whereabouts of the Gardner art.
However, I am sure Bobby Gentile has made provisions for his nearest and dearest to have those facts, so they may be in a position to utilise them after Bobby Gentile leaves this mortal coil.
Whether the remaining members of the Gentile family are bound by the signed agreement between Bobby Gentile and Attorney Ryan McGuigan remains to be seen, but the 40% plus demands of
Attorney Ryan McGuigan could be counter productive and be the very reason why Bobby Gentile, or his family would not be willing to expose themselves to Law Enforcement scrutiny in pursuit of the Gardner art reward.

4 comments:

Unknown said...

It's bad news any way you look at it. Either he had some of the art and it got ruined in the flood under the shed, or he knows where the art is and he's taking the secret to the grave, or he never did know where the art was and had always been an opportunist who couldn't produce. I worry that the truth is option 1, and he's too embarrassed to give up that information - especially since ruined art would not lead to the reward.

Smitty Sontag said...

It's bad news any way you look at it. Either he had some of the art and it got ruined in the flood under the shed, or he knows where the art is and he's taking the secret to the grave, or he never did know where the art was and had always been an opportunist who couldn't produce. I worry that the truth is option 1, and he's too embarrassed to give up that information - especially since ruined art would not lead to the reward.

Art Lawyer said...

What about Arthur Brand? Is he any closer with his Irish lead?

Anonymous said...

Arthur Brand said a Dutch criminal had photo's of the Gardner and was trying to sell them in Europe back in the 1990's.
This was Michel Van Rijn, who sold them to Irish drug dealers who work out of the Netherlands. Trouble is they were copies/fakes, which the buyers could not get authentiucated for obvious reasons, and since then they have been passed through many hands. The so called leads Arthur brand has is current drug dealers working from Netherlands who claim they were ex-IRA, which may or may not be true, but might be a claim used for kudos. If and when these copies surface it will quickly be determind they are fakes and Michel Van Rijn was scamming the Irish buyers with fakes.