FILE - In this March 11, 2010, file photo, empty frames from which thieves took "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," left rear, by Rembrandt and "The Concert," right foreground, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Midnight Dec. 31, 2017, is the deadline to collect a doubled reward being offered for information leading to the recovery of 13 works worth an estimated $500 million. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

Got tips? Hurry! They're still worth $10M to robbed museum

December 26, 2017 - 12:02 am

BOSTON (AP) — A hot tip could still earn you a cool $10 million from a Boston museum desperate to recover a trove of missing masterpieces.

But you'd better hurry.

Midnight Dec. 31 is the deadline to collect a doubled reward being offered for information leading to the recovery of 13 works worth an estimated $500 million. The paintings stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum include works by Degas, Manet, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

So far there haven't been any takers. That's a big disappointment to the museum and the FBI, which still hasn't managed to solve the largest art heist in U.S. history.

Museum spokeswoman Kathy Sharpless says the gallery is laser-focused on the deadline.

Sharpless says trustees are happy to write that big check if it means getting the paintings back.

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