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remains of mona lisa model end up in rubbish dump

17 Jan 2011

Mona LisaEvery now and then, you find something special in a skip or rubbish dump.

But it’s not often that the remains of a world-famous artist icon are among the findings.

Lisa Gherardini, who is reckoned to be the Mona Lisa model painted by Leonardo da Vinci, was originally buried in a crypt upon her death in 1542.

Unfortunately, her contents were destroyed by building works for a landfill site in the 1980s.

The woman with the inscrutable smile is no more.

Perhaps she’ll be re-incarnated as a skip.

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