A high artwork crime detective says 13 work stolen on this planet’s greatest artwork heist on St Patrick’s Day 1990 might be stashed behind the wall of a home in Eire.
Empty frames nonetheless dangle on the partitions of Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, in Boston, USA, 30 years after two crooks dressed as police pulled off the $1billion raid.
The Live performance by Johannes Vermeer, valued at £155million, Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee (£77.5m) and Manet’s Chez Tortoni (£50m) have been amongst these taken.
Charley Hill, a former undercover detective with the Met Police artwork and vintage squad, believes they’re in Dublin.
He stated his supply is Martin “The Viper” Foley, a widely known Dublin villain who is needed for tax evasion and has gone on the run.
Charley stated: “He informed me he thought he knew precisely the place the work have been. He reckons they’re in West Dublin, behind a wall. He’s 99% sure.”
Arts journalist John Wilson joins the search with Charley in a brand new BBC 4 documentary, The Billion Greenback Artwork Hunt.
John stated: “Whenever you stroll into the museum and see these frames, it takes your breath away.
“It’s very haunting, like a criminal offense scene the place the physique has been left they usually tape it off.
“That is a number of the most lovely artwork by the best artists of all time. And it has ended up within the palms of some actually nasty individuals.”
Charley has a superb observe document – he led the operation to get well Edvard Munch’s The Scream in 1994 and one other Vermeer portray stolen by Irish gangster Martin Cahill, in 1986.
He was negotiating with Foley over a possible take care of the surviving members of a gang the criminal claims stole the artwork.
John explained: “No person thinks Foley had something to do with the heist. However in line with Charley, Foley stated he knew who did get the artwork over right here.
“He’s satisfied of that. It’s a murky story – the underside is admittedly nasty.”
Foley lately stopped speaking to Charley but John believes his claims are credible.
“Foley has gone on the run. It might be he stated an excessive amount of over a drink in a pub. However there’s a lot of it which factors to Eire, proper from the actual fact it begins on St Patrick’s evening.”
The FBI is providing a £7.5m reward for the work’ return.
However John stated: “They refuse to consider there might be an Irish connection. The world’s greatest artwork heist remains to be unsolved.”
And Charley stated he won’t surrender the search. “I’m going to get these again, I simply should work out a method to do it.”
- The Billion Greenback Artwork Hunt, Monday, BBC 4 at 9pm; additionally on iplayer.