Year disappeared: 2002

Ninety years after Whitney Museum founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney commissioned artist Max Parrish to paint a series of oil panels for her Fifth Avenue mansion, two of them were stolen while on display at a gallery in West Hollywood, California. The theft was much more elaborate than a smash and grab; the burglar(s) disabled the gallery’s alarm system, cut a hole in the gallery’s ceiling, and cut the murals—which are valued at $4.2 million—from their oak frames.