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Art and Intrigue Mix in R.A. Scotti's Vanished Smile


On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. The suspects were as unbelievable as the crime: two young artists named Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire. Now, you can uncover the true story behind the shocking disappearing act that captivated the world and transformed the Mona Lisa into an enduring icon.

The sensational event captured the world’s imagination. Crowds stood in line to view the empty space on the museum wall. Thousands more waited, as concerned as if Mona Lisa were a missing person, for news of the lost painting. Almost a century later, questions still linger: Who really pinched Mona Lisa, and why? Part love story, part mystery, Vanished Smile reopens the puzzling case of a real-life mystery.

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