In 1990, thieves stole paintings worth $500 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The heist remains unsolved, but officials have repeatedly questioned and searched the Connecticut home of “Bobby the Cook” Gentile, a reputed mobster who is currently serving time on unrelated charges in federal prison. This week, the feds were back at Bobby’s house again.
As part of a settlement between Conrad Black and the convicted fraudster's bankrupt Ravelston Corp., the convicted fraudster will pay nearly $400,000 to buy back a portrait of himself painted by the late Andy Warhol. "Andy used to take a Polaroid shot, blow it up, put it on four silk-screens of different colours, and sell them. We got on very well, so he sold me all four for the price of one.... He was a very entertaining character." [The Globe & Mail]