Posts by Matthew Rosenbaum

  • Second Mona Lisa Unveiled for First Time in 40 Years

    Matthew Rosenbaum at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    It's a mystery straight out of the da Vinci code. A famous portrait, hidden away in a Swiss bank vault for 40 years, with the potential to break open a mystery more than 500 years old. A second, earlier version of the Mona Lisa was unveiled to the public today, a version that experts say they can prove is the work of the master himself. Known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa, the painting was discovered shortly before World War I by English art collector Hugh Blaker, who purchased it from the noble family to which it had previously belonged. Blaker then moved the painting to his studio in Isleworth, England, giving it its iconic name.

    During WWI, the painting was moved to America for safekeeping. The portrait eventually made its way back to Europe, where it was analyzed in Italy before being sent to the Swiss bank vault for safekeeping. Since that time, experts from the non-profit Mona Lisa Foundation have been working to prove or disprove the portrait's authenticity

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  • Man Accidentally Donates Engagement Ring to Goodwill

    Matthew Rosenbaum at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    A young couple's wedding plans suffered a setback when the groom-to-be found he had accidentally donated his girlfriend's engagement ring to Goodwill. Josh Miller, 31, had been hiding the ring in the pocket of an old winter coat for two months as he waited for the right moment to pop the question.

    "She talked about the exact right (ring) that she wanted for a long time and we just finally, for once, found the perfect engagement ring and we were very excited," Miller told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate  WSB-TV.

    That excitement was short-lived however. Ready to propose, Miller dug through his closet for the ring, growing increasingly frantic as he realized it was nowhere to be found.

    "I was just shaking," Miller said. "I didn't know what to do, or what to say, or how to feel. I called Cara immediately, but she thought I was joking."

    Thinking back, Miller realized that coat, ring and all, was among the items he had put in a pile to donate to Goodwill earlier in the week.

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