She Hunted a Stolen Picasso—and Got Hoaxed
The Burning of Lord Byron’s Salacious Memoirs
Profiles in Courage
When Picasso and Orwell Went After Tyrants and Risked It All
The two geniuses exposed the real face of totalitarianism. Both did so by producing masterpieces — and paid a price. We need to be reminded why.
The Perfect Art Heist For a New Millennium
As the world celebrated the dawn of a new millennium in 2000, a thief broke into Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and stole a Cézanne painting. It, and the thief, have never been found.
Living In Style
The Life and Death of a Manhattan Mega-Mansion
Before Gracie Mansion, Charles Schwab's massive, 50,000 square feet Riverside Drive abode was set to become the official residence of New York City's mayors.
The Necklace That Cost Marie Antoinette Her Head
The diamond necklace had 647 diamonds, and after it went missing Marie Antoinette was accused of buying but not paying for it. And this French royal scandal only got juicier.
This Ancient Pyramid Was Destroyed To Build a Road
A construction crew gutted it to use its stone for roadwork. But before the temple at Nohmul met its fate in 2013, it was one of the largest Maya pyramids in Belize.
The Painting Too Dangerous for Hitler
Otto Dix's painting, 'The Trench,' which graphically showed the horrors of World War I, featured in an exhibition of works the Nazis deemed 'degenerate.' Then it went missing.
When ‘Bad King John’ Lost The British Crown Jewels
In 1216, a group of King John’s men were traveling through some marshland when a flood engulfed them. Ever since, the whereabouts of the Crown Jewels has remained unknown.