Top 8 famous historical objects that have been lost (goodbye small objects…

In History, there are fascinating objects that have passed from hand to hand, have acquired great fame, and have made entire peoples dream. Most of these objects now belong to museum collections, and you can go and admire them quite easily. But some of them had a different fate: they suddenly disappeared from circulation, and were never seen again. They have become coveted treasures that we hope to one day see reappear. This intro was way too serious.

1. The Florentine

The Florentine is a 137.27 carat yellow diamond that would have belonged to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy of the House of Valois in the 15th century. It would then have been in the possession of Pope Julius II, then Marie-Thérèse of Austria, Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon and Empress Sissi. A not yucky destiny, you will agree. However, the diamond disappeared in 1921 on leaving Austria, and we were never able to get our hands on it. However, we can tell you that if it reappeared one day, it would be worth an incalculable fortune, this little pebble.

2. The Crown Jewels of Ireland

These were the jewels created for the Irish sovereign in 1831; tradition dictated that he wear them during official ceremonies. It’s always classy to have beautiful jewelry. In 1907, the chest where the jewelry was kept was found empty, open, with the key in the lock. The thief was never found. If you ever come across it by chance in your attic, know that the jewelry is worth around 20 million dollars, which is a relatively appreciable sum.

Top 8 famous historical objects that have been lost (goodbye small objects...
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3. Medusa by Leonardo Da Vinci

We are talking about a picture that Da Vinci would have painted on a wooden shield when he was young. It was the art historian Giorgio Vasari who first described this painting, but the problem is that we have never seen it. Some historians even ended up doubting its existence, but in any case the idea inspired many other painters, like Caravaggio who made his own version (you can see it just below, it’s crazy Internet when same). In any case, we would very much like to come across the original on a street corner.

4. Honjo Masamune

Goro Masamune, who lived between the 13th and 14th centuries, is considered the best blacksmith in Japanese history. He gave his name to the katanas he forged, including the Honjo Masamune, reputed to be a perfectly forged katana. The gun ended up belonging to the Tokugawa family, who ruled Japan for 250 years, but had to give it up when the Americans took over Japan in 1945. They had banned the Japanese from owning guns, and the Honjo Masamune was no exception. Since then, we have never seen the katana again, and we do not know if it is still intact or if it was melted down.

5. The Jules Rimet Cup

You may not know this name, but know that it is the first trophy of the Football World Cup, named in honor of one of the presidents of Fifa. It was stolen for the first time in 1966 in England but was found by a dog in a bush in a garden in London (it’s not bullshit). After that, Brazil, three-time Cup winners, had the right to keep the trophy for life from 1970. Finally, “for life” until 1983 when the trophy was stolen again. But this time, he was never found again. Afterwards, we didn’t search all the bushes in the world either. If it is, it is hidden under one of them.

6. William Shakespeare’s Lost Play

In 2010, a new play was added to Shakespeare’s repertoire. Title Double Falsehood (the double lie), it was actually written and then performed in 1727, more than a century after William’s death, by Lewis Theobald, an impresario fan of Shakespeare. Theobald explained at the time that his play was inspired by a work by his idol, and experts have acknowledged that indeed there was Shakespeare in the style of this text. It is now believed that the original play from which Theobald was inspired was cardenio, a work of which we know that it existed but of which we have never found the trace. A priori, there is little chance that we will get our hands on it one day, but we can always dream.

7. Peking Man

Under this mysterious name hides a huge collection of 183 fossils ofHomo Erectus discovered in 1921 in China and believed to be between 400,000 and 780,000 years old. A real treasure for science. A treasure so well guarded that, in 1941, we wanted to transport the fossils to the United States to protect them from the advance of the Japanese army in the country. Now you can imagine what happened: the fossils never arrived at their destination. Rumors claim that the bones were buried somewhere in China and then covered by buildings during the industrialization of the region, but these are still rumors. The truth, we will probably never know.

8. Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man

Raphael is one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance, and losing one of his works is like losing a small piece of history. This is exactly what happened with the Portrait of young man, an oil painting he made in 1515. The painting was stolen in 1939 by the Nazi and governor of Poland Hans Frank who used it to decorate his residence, but by then we had some one more trace. It was in 1945, when the Nazis lost the war, that we lost track of the painting. Hans Frank had been arrested, and stolen paintings by Da Vinci and Rembrandt had been found on him, but there was no Raphael left. Today the portrait is believed to have been destroyed, but in 1999 art dealer Daniel Wildenstein claimed to know the identity of whoever had it. So, big myth or not?

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