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Mona Lisa painting comes to town...

Item # 704553

February 14, 1963

THE VILLAGE VOICE (weekly), Greenwich Village, New York, Feb. 14, 1963

* The Mona Lisa portrait painting in New York City
* Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece
* Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) display
* Only time the famous piece of art was in America

The front page has a heading: "Loftless Leonardos Picket As Mona Lisa Smiles" and related photo. (see images) Report continues on a inside page.
wikipedia notes: From December 1962 to March 1963, the French government lent it to the United States to be displayed in New York City and Washington, D.C. It was shipped on the new ocean liner SS France. In New York, an estimated 1.7 million people queued "in order to cast a glance at the Mona Lisa for 20 seconds or so." While exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the painting was nearly drenched in water because of a faulty sprinkler, but the painting's bullet-proof glass case protected it.
I suspect this to be an extremely rare item because their was really no reason to save it at the time.
It is worth noting that "The Village Voice" was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. Founded in 1955, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City.
Complete in 32 pages, tabloid-size, one crease across the center, very nice condition.

Provenance note: This issue comes from The Village Voice's own archives, part of their in-house collection used to create their digital archive. Rare as such.

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Category: The 20th Century