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Mona Lisa Theft

An enigmatic disappearance

Another Mona Lisa Mandela Effect?

First we had her smile changing over time, now it turns out many people today are surprised to learn the painting was stolen in 1922. 

The theft was actually an inside job. In 1911, Vincenzo Perugia had worked at the Louvre for a time and was familiar with the daily routines and procedures of the staff. One day, he wore the same white smock as them and hid when the gallery closed for the evening. He then removed the painting from its frame, and in the morning when it opened up just walked right out of the door with it under his smock.

He wasn't doing it for the money. He believed the painting was the property of Italy and was attempting to return it to what he saw as it's rightful home. For this reason he served a very light prison sentence, which no doubt made hime smile, enigmatically, when he heard that news.