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Post by halfwise Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:41 pm

So an American art dealer was found to have a coffee table made of part of the dance floor of Caligula's barge.  She didn't know it until a photo book documenting ancient roman uses of porphyry came out.  Turns out it was part of a trove stolen by the Nazis, and her table in turn was seized and returned to Italy.  The museum that now has it is offering to make her a replica.  This will cost them tens of thousands, for it's exquisite work.  She should take them up on the offer.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/york-city-womans-coffee-table-060526760.html

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Post by Mrs Figg Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:06 pm

I read about that, its an amazing story. Very Happy You could hardly make up a story so random. From Caligula to New York, weird eh.
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Post by Forest Shepherd Mon Nov 29, 2021 5:21 am

Stranger than fiction, as they say.

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Post by halfwise Tue Aug 09, 2022 3:15 am

I don't know if this can be seen outside of the USA. It's very cute.

https://www.pbs.org/video/mona-lisa-is-missing-inbule/

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Post by Mrs Figg Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:21 pm

I cant get t to play, but I know the story. It was an Italian who hated France. They got it back though. I think he hid it under his bed.
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Post by halfwise Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:55 pm

His French co-workers kept calling him Mr Macaroni. He swore revenge against the entire French nation by restoring an Italian national treasure to its rightful home. Unfortunately for him the Mona Lisa was one of the few artworks in France that Napoleon DIDN'T swipe from Italy. It was bought directly from Leonardo himself by a French Nobleman. The thief could have been a national hero, but instead was thrown in the slammer.

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