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On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa, known as La Joconde in France, was stolen from the Louvre. What’s even more amazing is that the theft wasn’t noticed for a full day. If you’ve been to the Louvre in recent years, you know that La Joconde is protected by a special case and always surrounded by a dense crowd of camera-toting tourists. Even one hundred years ago, La Joconde had a sheet of protective glass in front of her. The museum director had earlier averred that it would be as easy to steal the two towers of Notre Dame as to steal La Joconde. He resigned after the scandal broke.

English: crowd around Mona Lisa in Louvre Crowd around Mona Lisa in Louvre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With over a day’s delay in noticing the greatest art theft in modern history coupled with the lack of solid evidence, the case remained unsolved for over two years. Finally…

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