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Lost, stolen, blown up and fed to pigs: the greatest missing masterpieces

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Their whereabouts may be a mystery. But these treasures by the likes of Leonardo, Caravaggio and Jan van Eyck could still turn up. If you’re a budding Indiana Jones, here are some clues to start you on your quest… Imagine a museum of lost art. It would contain more objects than all of the world’s museums combined. Only a modest percentage of the works created through history survive intact today. For many pre-modern artists, not to mention those of the ancient world, many more works are known of (thanks to references to them in texts or other sources) than are extant. Some of these vanished masterpieces are definitively gone, their destruction documented: most (but not all) of the seven wonders of the ancient world;
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