A popular show that airs on television talks about and shows the hunt a group of people have been on for two centuries. Along with searching for the treasure, there is a LORE that goes with the search. The lore states that 7 must die before the treasure will be discovered.
- Amber Room
- Sarcophagus of Menkaure
- Ark of the Covenant
- Honjo Masamune Sword
- Lost Library of the Moscow Tsars
- Crown Jewels of Ireland
- Sappho’s Lost Poems
- Dead Bishops Treasure
- The Just Judges
- Florentine Diamond
- Lost DaVinci Mural
- Menorah From the Second Temple
- George Mallory’s Lost Camera
- Peking Man
- Q Source
- Nazi Gold
- Lost Raphael Painting
- Missing Romanov Easter Eggs
- Michelangelo’s Mask of Faun
Throughout history, there have been treasures and antiquities that have simply vanished and still have not been located. The theft or disappearance of many of these has most often happened during times of war.
It is at these times that the treasures, collectables or antiques are not watched as closely. Many times, the military forces have stolen many of the treasures as a trophy of sorts.
These treasures and Antiques are worth millions right now. These are one-of-a-kind items, the likes of which most people have not seen nor will they ever see, except in pictures.
The Amber Room was designed and created in the 18th century. The palace sat in St. Petersburg, Russia. Called the Amber Room, the room was covered in gold gilded mosaics, mirrors and carvings. There were also panels within the location that weighed in around 1000 pounds and were made out of Amber.
Captured by Germany in World War II, the room’s panels and all the artwork, mosaics and mirrors were disassembled and taken down. It is believed that they were taken to Germany. These works have not been seen since. Today there is a recreation of the Amber Room in the Catherine Palace.
Sarcophagus of Menkaure
The Sarcophagus of Menkaure was the smallest of the three Great Pyramids in Egypt. These pyramids are believed to have been constructed 4500 years ago. During the 1830s, an English Military Officer, Howard Vyse explored the Giza pyramids. However, his methods of exploration were explosive, and not just in words.
He did discover many things in Giza, including a very ornate sarcophagus found in Menkaure’s tomb. Vyse tried to ship the Sarcophagus back to England in 1838 aboard the ship Beatrice. Unluckily for him and the rest of the world, the ship sank, and the Sarcophagus went down with the ship.
If shipwreck searchers ever find Beatrice, there is a chance that the Sarcophagus may be located at that time.
Ark of the Covenant
The Ark of the Covenant is said to be a chest that held tablets that were engraved with the 10 Commandments on them. The chest sat in a Temple in Ancient Jerusalem called the First Temple. This Temple was supposedly built by King Solomon. For Jews, this is the most famous site on the entire planet.
In 587 BC, an army led by King Nebuchadnezzar II conquered and then ransacked the city.
There is no distinct clue as to what happened to the Ark. However, there are many stories and tales. This was mentioned above as being on a documentary television show. The series takes place off King Edward Island and Nova Scotia, Canada.
Honjo Masamune Sword
The Honjo Masamune Sword was created by Honjo Masamune who lived from 1264 to 1343. He was known as the greatest sword maker to have ever lived. Honjo Shigenaga gained this sword after a battle won during the 16th Century.
After a period of time, the sword came into possession of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who is known to be the first Shogun after winning a series of battles.
The sword was passed down through the Tokugawa family until the end of World War II. It was then handed over to American authorities when America had the occupation of Japan. For obvious reasons, the Americans feared that this sword would be used against them.
The sword disappeared and has never been seen since. It is possible that the American military destroyed the sword. It is also possible that the sword was brought to America, meaning that eventually, it may surface at some point.
Lost Library of the Moscow Tsars
It is a library that was said to hold a huge amount of Ancient Greek texts. It is also believed that there were many texts written in other languages also. It is believed that the Library was built in 1518 by the Grand Duchy of Moscow.
Some rules adhere to the disappearance of the Library to Ivan the Terrible. It is possible that he hid the library texts.
However, throughout the vast amount of searches that have been performed, there has been no sign of any of the texts. There is no definitive proof that this library and the texts actually existed, there is an Archive that does hold many ancient Greek texts in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Crown Jewels of Ireland
Crown Jewels of Ireland were stolen from Dublin Castle. The Crown Jewels of Ireland are not jewels from any Royal ceremony, no Royal family. Rather it is a jewel in the shape of a star from the Order of St. Patrick. There is also a diamond brooch and the five gold collars of that order.
While the jewels were in a library, their worth did not seem to be a reality to some. The blame is placed on some very poor security measures that were implemented.
It is not known what happened to the jewels. However, there is a wide array of people suspected of the Heist, including the brother of World Famous explorer Ernest Shackleton. With no evidence, it is impossible to state if Frances Shackleton actually had anything to do with the disappearance of the Crown Jewels of Ireland.
Sappho’s Lost Poems
Sappho’s Lost Poems written by the Greek poet Sappho in the 7th Century BC, who was considered the Shakespeare of her day, vanished. In 2014, there were a couple of sections from two of her writings were discovered. One was about unrequited love and the other pertains to Sappho’s brothers.
These two segments were revealed by a papyrologist from Oxford. It is completely unknown where these two segments came from.
Dead Bishops Treasure
Dead Bishops Treasure was a collection of treasures that had been collected by the Bishop of Lisbon, before his passing. The treasure collection was on a ship 'Sao Vicente’ that left Portugal and was travelling to France.
The ship was attacked by two heavily weaponized pirate ships. The crews from these two pirate ships stole the treasure. One of these two pirate ships was captured as it ran aground. The other ship vanished and has not been seen since. Sadly, the stolen treasure was on the ship commandeered by Martin Yanes. There is no knowledge as to what happened to this ship or the treasure, as none has been seen since it was loaded on the ‘Sao Vicente’.
The Just Judges
The Just Judges is a painted panel that once was hanging in St. Bavo’s Cathedral in Belgium. Painted by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck in the 15th Century.
The panel was stolen in 1934 and has not been seen since. New tips continue to come in, but no solid leads as of yet. It is on record that there had been numerous attempts to steal the panels prior to this.
Florentine Diamond is a yellow-coloured diamond that weighs 137 carats. Originally thought to be from India, the Diamond made its way to Europe by the end of the 15th Century. How, when and why it got to Europe remains a mystery. It is thought the Duke of Burgundy was quite enamoured by the diamond and had a piece cut from the larger one.
At the end of World War I, the last emperor of Austria and Hungary fled to Switzerland. It was here that he had it placed in a bank vault and put in the trust of an Austrian Lawyer who was in charge of selling it for the family.
In 1924, the lawyer was arrested and charged with fraud but was acquitted. It is believed that he had the large Diamond cut into smaller pieces and then sold them.
Lost DaVinci Mural
Lost DaVinci Mural is a mural that depicts the 1440 victory of the Italian league over Milan in the Battle of Anghiari. The mural disappeared in 1563 during a time when the hall was being remodelled by the Painter Giorgio Vasari.
In 2012, a team of researchers determined that Vasari had painted over the mural when he painted his own mural. Many tests were done to determine if this was indeed the case, yet no test results have confirmed or denied whether the mural is still there.
Another team of researchers began to investigate the disappearance. However, their results state that DaVinci had never actually painted the mural. As of today, it is still hotly debated.
Menorah From the Second Temple
Menorah From the Second Temple is an Ancient 6-armed Menorah. There is a depiction of the Menorah being carried to Rome. From AD 66 to 74, the Jewish fought against the Roman Army to free Israel. According to the depictions, the Menorah is huge, almost as large as the men who are carrying it.
Once the Menorah arrived in Rome, existence has no definitive answers. It is unclear as to what was done with the Menorah.
Copper Scroll Treasures are the most unusual treasure that is known. The copper scroll is the text that has been engraved on a sheet of thin copper. The Copper Scroll is actually in a museum in Jordan. The mystery sits as to who engraved it, who hid the scroll and why.
It is believed that the treasure referred to on the Copper Scroll may be a legend or debated if it is real. The Treasure was said to have been hidden just before the Roman Army defeated Jerusalem. Many scholars argue the fact that the amount of treasure discussed in this Copper Scroll is so large it must be just a legend.
George Mallory’s Lost Camera
George Mallory’s Lost Camera disappeared when George Mallory and Andrew Irvine disappeared in 1924. The two were near the top of Mount Everest when a storm took them by surprise.
Mallory’s body has since been located, with no camera. It is possible that Irvine may have been carrying the camera, but his body has never been located. The mystery behind this lost treasure is that no one knows if Mallory and Irvine were truly the first to reach the top of Mount Everest or if in fact, the honour goes to Edmund Hillary who peaked in 1953.
The only way the answers will be had is if Irvine’s body is located and the camera with him. Then the chance that the camera was preserved enough to get the pictures to determine if Mallory and Irvine had reached the peak first.
Peking Man is a fossilized skull located in 1923. It is believed that this hominid lived between 200,000 and 750,000 years ago. This was discovered in a cave near Beijing. The fossils, however, disappeared in 1941 during the Japanese invasion of China. Today, the whereabouts of the Peking Man fossil are unknown.
Some scholars believe that they were lost at sea as they were being sent to America on a ship, others believe they are located under a parking lot in China.
Q Source is believed to be a 1st-century text that is presumably words straight from Jesus. If there ever was a Q Source, it is believed that this is what was used to create the 4 gospels of the Bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Nazi Gold has its own legend. At the end of World War II, a Nazi force sank a large amount of gold into Lake Toplitz in Austria to prevent the Allied forces from securing it for themselves.
Since that point in time, there have been numerous searches conducted to no avail.
It is possible it was a story to prevent the Allied forces from capturing Nazis. At the same point, it is proven that the Lake has extremely poor visibility and that there is so much debris, trees and other items that it could be impossible to locate the treasure.
Lost Raphael Painting
Lost Raphael Painting is a painting done by Raphael. The young man and the date of the painting is unknown. The painting was owned by a Polish Museum up until 1939 when Nazi officials stole the painting from the museum.
The painting was last seen in the chalet of Hans Frank in January of 1945. After the war ended, Frank was arrested, put on trial and executed; the painting has not been seen since.
Missing Romanov Easter Eggs
Missing Romanov Easter Eggs were made by Faberge himself between 1885 and 1916, for the Russian Imperial family. The Russian Revolution of 1917 led to the execution of Czar Nicholas and the Romanov family. After the death, many of the eggs disappeared and have never been recovered.
There is a possibility that some had been shipped to the United States at the end of the Cold War. However, the shipping lists do not state what the items were, just the total value of 164 million.
Michelangelo’s Mask of Faun
Michelangelo’s Mask of Faun is made out of marble and is attributed to Michelangelo. It is a half-human and half goat mythological creature. The mask was owned by the Bargello Museum in 1944, however, the mask was stolen from Castello di Poppi, in Tuscany in 1944.
It is believed that the soldiers from the German Army stole the mask and placed it in a truck and this work of art, as well as others, have not been seen since.