Boston public library officials say two rare and valuable artworks that vanished last month have been found – and they never left the library.
Library officials say the 1634 Rembrandt etching and 1504 Durer engraving were found on Thursday in the library’s print stacks. Officials say the artworks were misfiled. Both pieces of art that were reported missing in April, an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, valued at about $600,000, and an etching by Rembrandt worth between $20,000 and $30,000, were found Thursday in the library. A spokesperson says they were simply misfiled and found by a conservation officer who had been searching the library’s print stacks. The disappearance of the art pieces eventually led library president Amy Ryan to announce her resignation on Wednesday, effective on 3 July, saying her leaving would end a “distraction”. Mayor Marty Walsh released a statement Wednesday saying he respects Ryan’s decision and “looks forward to working with the Boston Public Library to ensure a smooth transition
Adding to the controversy, a retired library employee later revealed that gold coins have been missing from a Boston Public Library collection, potentially for decades.
The Board of Trustees Boston Public Library detailed new security measures including new locks, cameras, tougher access and inventory management. An outside group hired to do a security assessment is expected to hand in its report at the end of June.