Two men paid €1.5 million in counterfeit money for a painting, only to find out that the painting was fake.
In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, wanting to bring the Mona Lisa back to Italy after “It was stolen by Napoleon”, simply walked in the Louvre, lifted off the painting, took it to a nearby service staircase, removed the frame, put it under his smock, and simply walked out with it in plain sight.
A Polish art student hung his own painting up in a major art Gallery where it went unnoticed for three days.
A man was arrested in Ireland after punching a hole into a $10m Monet painting. His justification: he wanted to ‘get back at the state’.
A lost masterpiece by Da Vinci is likely hidden behind a wall in Florence, but nobody is willing to take the wall down because it ALSO has a priceless fresco painted on it.
Cleaning woman in Italy threw away artworks worth $13700 that were part of modern art installation thinking it was trash.
President Roosevelt collapsed while being painted. He never regained consciousness before dying. The unfinished painting captures his last waking moment.
The painter Raphael snuck into the Sistine Chapel to look at the unfinished work while Michelangelo was gone, and upon seeing the paintings, went back to a completed painting of his own at the Church of Sant’Agostino, scraped it off the wall, and started completely over.
During a 1964 hoax, a Swedish journalist exhibited paintings done by a chimpanzee under the name Pierre Brassau. The journalist was testing whether critics could tell the difference between true avant-garde modern artwork and a chimp’s work. They could not, and in fact, praised the works.