Amber Room mystery: greatest jewel heist ever pulled off
The Amber Room’s disappearance at the close of WWII is arguably the greatest jewel heist ever pulled off.
The world’s greatest lost treasure also said to be the one of the lost wonders of the modern world.
Before it was lost the Amber Room was sometimes dubbed as the Eighth Wonder of the World due to its uniqueness and being priceless.
Some historians, treasure hunters and mystery addicts are not sure about destruction. People have claimed it was hidden by SS in a silver mine or a lagoon, that the shipment was sunk or blown up.
Although the original room was partially restored in 20th century, it lacks the incredible splendour of the original.
• When its 565 candles were lit the Amber Room was said to glow a fiery gold.
• It contained over six tons of Ambers of hundreds of different shades.
• It is estimated to be worth around £150 million today but many consider it priceless.
Despite the Amber Room’s disappearance, the Russian Government decided it was too important to leave just a historic theft and began reconstruction of the room in 1979.
The gambler’s fallacy, also known as the Monte Carlo fallacy
On August 18, 1913, at the casino in Monte Carlo, black came up a record twenty-six times in successionin roulette. There was a near-panicky rush to bet on red, beginning about the time black had come up a phenomenal fifteen times. In application of the maturity of the chances doctrine, players doubled and tripled their stakes, this doctrine leading them to believe after black came up the twentieth time that there was not a chance in a million of another repeat. In the end the unusual run enriched the Casino by some millions of francs.