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The secret mission that resulted in front-page news worldwide

50 years ago, Washington's National Gallery of Art dispatched a team to buy a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece from the prince of Liechtenstein

The Ginevra de' Benci, now the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci outside of Europe, hanging at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. it is believed to have cost the museum US$5 million in 1967, at the time the most ever paid for a work of art.

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IN the winter of 1967, a customer walked into a luggage store in Pittsburgh in search of a bag of a certain size and composition. The suitcase was destined for a transatlantic flight, but before that flight, it had to be altered to accommodate a specially built device...

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