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The Doctor, Romana and Duggan have found a painting hidden behind a panel in the basement of Count Scarlioni's house in Paris.
"It's the Mona Lisa!" says the Doctor.
"Must be a fake," replies Duggan.
The Doctor says he doesn't know what's currently hanging in the Louvre, "but this
is the genuine article".
Duggan's astonishment increases when the Doctor folds back yet more panelling to reveal yet another Mona Lisa. And another. And another. Eventually, six identical copies are revealed.
"They must be fakes," says Duggan again.
"The brushwork's Leonardo's," the Doctor asserts, "It's as characteristic as a signature. The pigment, too."
"What," blithers Duggan, "on all
"What I don't understand is why a man who's got six Mona Lisas wants to go to all the trouble of stealing a seventh." (The Count has been casing the Louvre, preparing to steal their Mona Lisa.)
This is Duggan's area. "Come on, Doctor, I've just told you. There are seven people who would buy the Mona Lisa in secret, but nobody's going to buy the Mona Lisa when it's hanging in ...