Was the Mona Lisa stolen? A Tik Tok video of a Paris tourist causes panic

Was the Mona Lisa stolen? TikTok video of tourists showing police vans hurtling through Paris sparks panic that da Vinci’s masterpiece has been taken from the Louvre

Fears that the world’s most famous painting has been stolen from its home at the Louvre art museum have erupted after a tourist posted a video on TikTok.

@narvanator’s 10-second clip of blue-lit security trucks and police cars through the city – near the Arc de Triomphe – has now been watched by 1.4 million people, and few are convinced that Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece is in questionable hands.

They might have been watching Knives Out: A Glass Onion Mystery, in which the famous painting is the target of a robbery. Or last year’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, which also sees the masterpiece under threat.

While the Louvre has not commented on the video and the painting appears to have been locked away with safe and key at the Paris Museum of Art, it is certainly not out of the question that it could disappear – it was stolen in 1911, and vandalized four times.

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Quell Panic! Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa – also known as La Gioconda – pictured in Paris in 2020 – A video this week sparked panic among tourists over the famous painting’s disappearance

The short video clip of the gendarmerie forces heading towards a major accident was captioned with the following words: [sic] In Paris when the Mona Lisa was stolen.

Many of the 15,000 people joked that Gru – the bad guy in the Minions movie franchise was up to no good, referring to a plot line in last year’s movie.

Others have suggested that the heroic children’s duo Ladybug and Cat Noir – who once saved the Mona Lisa – may soon be in the French capital to see the painting – also known as La Gioconda – safely returned.

A TikTok tourist commented on the short clip: 'Your [sic] In Paris when the Mona Lisa is stolen - sparking panic - and Google searches - from people who assumed it was authentic

A TikTok tourist commented on the short clip: ‘Your [sic] In Paris when the Mona Lisa is stolen – sparking panic – and Google searches – from people who assumed it was authentic

The Louvre, where the painting is kept, has not commented on the clip, which has been viewed by 1.4 million people, but there have been no reports of an actual theft (pictured is the Arc de Triomphe).

The Louvre, where the painting is kept, has not commented on the clip, which has been viewed by 1.4 million people, but there have been no reports of an actual theft (pictured is the Arc de Triomphe).

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Searches for “Was the Mona Lisa stolen?” On Google last night – 1.4 million people watched the clip.

As with all good rumors, a percentage assumed it was true — and searches for “Was the Mona Lisa stolen?” on Google last night.

The painting remains the hot card in the city’s Louvre and is closely guarded at all times.

Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic painting of Lisa del Giocondo, wife of a Florentine silk merchant, sees thousands of tourists flock to the gallery to catch a glimpse of it each week.

The painting was originally purchased by King François I in the early 16th century – for the equivalent of 12 tons of pure silver – and hung in his bathroom.

One Victorian critic wrote of the painting’s appeal: ‘Perhaps of all the old pictures the time is the least cold. She is older than the rocks between which she sits like a vampire, she has died many times and learned the secrets of the tomb, she has been a diver in the deep sea and kept her day falling from her, and all this was for her as the sound of harps and flutes.

In 1911, the Louvre was found to lack security, and a thief managed to remove the Mona Lisa from the wall and get away with it.

After frenzied speculation about its whereabouts — with Picasso a suspect at one point — the da Vinci painting was eventually tracked down in Paris, two years later — stored under a bed in a chest.

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