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The Great Sphinx in Giza is known for its lack of a nose. As legend has it, Napoleon's army destroyed this body part during a battle with the Turks in 1798. However, Danish traveler Frederic Norden's notes, in which he portrayed the statue without a nose in 1737, disprove the Napoleon story.
The story of the artist allegedly cutting off his ear and sending it to his beloved is quite exaggerated. In reality, the whole thing happened after a conflict with his friend, Paul Gauguin, during which Van Gogh attacked him with a razor. In a fit of remorse (or, according to some researchers, madness), Vincent cut off a lobe of his ear that same night.