The Mona Lisa was stolen, but that's not all...

The Mona Lisa on display in the Uffizi Gallery, 
in Florence, December 1913. 
Museum director Giovanni Poggi (right) inspects the painting.
"The shocking theft of the Mona Lisa, in August 1911, appeared to have been solved 28 months later, when the painting was recovered. In an excerpt from their new book, the authors suggest that the audacious heist concealed a perfect—and far more lucrative—crime."
The article in Vanity Fair is an excerpt from Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler's 2009 book about the crimes taking place in Paris from 1880 to the beginning of World War I.

Stealing Mona Lisa, in Vanity Fair>> 

The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection>>


  1. A good story. The details of the theft make for a compelling story by themselves. The added twist at the end (raising the possibility of a larger con) is fascinating, and this addendum becomes more intriguing when you consider that it is most likely untrue.

  2. And now this, in the news: Thief steals Picasso, Matisse, other paintings worth more than $100 million from Paris museum.,0,7494198.story


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