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The Little Mermaid: 50 years of vandalism

April 24, 2014, 17:00 UTC+3
50 years ago, on April 24, 1964, the statue's head was sawn off and stolen for the first time
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On April 24, 1964, the statue's head was sawn off and stolen
On April 24, 1964, the statue's head was sawn off and stolen
On April 24, 1964, the statue's head was sawn off and stolen
© AP Photo/Bjarne Luethke
A sea gull rests on the head of the “little mermaid” statue in Copenhagen, Denmark on Feb. 7, 1972 after the harbor landmark was splashed with white paint
A sea gull rests on the head of the “little mermaid” statue in Copenhagen, Denmark on Feb. 7, 1972 after the harbor landmark was splashed with white paint
A sea gull rests on the head of the “little mermaid” statue in Copenhagen, Denmark on Feb. 7, 1972 after the harbor landmark was splashed with white paint
© AP Photo
On January 6, 1998, the statue was decapitated again. Photo: a diver prepares to search for the missing head of The Little Mermaid
On January 6, 1998, the statue was decapitated again. Photo: a diver prepares to search for the missing head of The Little Mermaid
On January 6, 1998, the statue was decapitated again. Photo: a diver prepares to search for the missing head of The Little Mermaid
© AP Photo/Mogens Flindt
The head was returned anonymously to a nearby TV station. Photo: police officer prepares to put the decapitated head of Copenhagen's Little Mermaid in a box
The head was returned anonymously to a nearby TV station. Photo: police officer prepares to put the decapitated head of Copenhagen's Little Mermaid in a box
The head was returned anonymously to a nearby TV station. Photo: police officer prepares to put the decapitated head of Copenhagen's Little Mermaid in a box
© AP Photo/Mogens Flindt
On the night of September 10, 2003, the statue was removed from the base with explosives and sunken in the harbour. Photo: The Little Mermaid being returned to its place in 2003
On the night of September 10, 2003, the statue was removed from the base with explosives and sunken in the harbour. Photo: The Little Mermaid being returned to its place in 2003
On the night of September 10, 2003, the statue was removed from the base with explosives and sunken in the harbour. Photo: The Little Mermaid being returned to its place in 2003
© ITAR-TASS/Tatyana Kulbitskaya
In 2004, the statue was covered with a burqa by protesters against Turkey joining the European Union
In 2004, the statue was covered with a burqa by protesters against Turkey joining the European Union
In 2004, the statue was covered with a burqa by protesters against Turkey joining the European Union
© EPA/KRISTIAN LINNEMANN
After all the acts of vandalism, in 2006 the authorities thought of moving the statue farther out into the harbour. Photo: The Little Mermaid hoisted from its place in Copenhagen to be transported to the World Expo 2010
After all the acts of vandalism, in 2006 the authorities thought of moving the statue farther out into the harbour. Photo: The Little Mermaid hoisted from its place in Copenhagen to be transported to the World Expo 2010
After all the acts of vandalism, in 2006 the authorities thought of moving the statue farther out into the harbour. Photo: The Little Mermaid hoisted from its place in Copenhagen to be transported to the World Expo 2010
© EPA/NILS MEILVANG DENMARK OUT
In 2007, a Muslim dress and head scarf were put on the statue again
In 2007, a Muslim dress and head scarf were put on the statue again
In 2007, a Muslim dress and head scarf were put on the statue again
© AP Photo/POLFOTO, Andrius Karolis
In 2007, it was sprayed with pink paint
In 2007, it was sprayed with pink paint
In 2007, it was sprayed with pink paint
© AP Photo/Kristoffer Eriksen
The Little Mermaid was covered in paint more than once
The Little Mermaid was covered in paint more than once
The Little Mermaid was covered in paint more than once
© AP Photo/John McConnico)
April Fool day joke organized by The State National Historic Museum in 2010
April Fool day joke organized by The State National Historic Museum in 2010
April Fool day joke organized by The State National Historic Museum in 2010
© EPA/BIRGITTE RUBAEK/HANDOUT
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On April 24, 1964, the statue's head was sawn off and stolen
© AP Photo/Bjarne Luethke
A sea gull rests on the head of the “little mermaid” statue in Copenhagen, Denmark on Feb. 7, 1972 after the harbor landmark was splashed with white paint
© AP Photo
On January 6, 1998, the statue was decapitated again. Photo: a diver prepares to search for the missing head of The Little Mermaid
© AP Photo/Mogens Flindt
The head was returned anonymously to a nearby TV station. Photo: police officer prepares to put the decapitated head of Copenhagen's Little Mermaid in a box
© AP Photo/Mogens Flindt
On the night of September 10, 2003, the statue was removed from the base with explosives and sunken in the harbour. Photo: The Little Mermaid being returned to its place in 2003
© ITAR-TASS/Tatyana Kulbitskaya
In 2004, the statue was covered with a burqa by protesters against Turkey joining the European Union
© EPA/KRISTIAN LINNEMANN
After all the acts of vandalism, in 2006 the authorities thought of moving the statue farther out into the harbour. Photo: The Little Mermaid hoisted from its place in Copenhagen to be transported to the World Expo 2010
© EPA/NILS MEILVANG DENMARK OUT
In 2007, a Muslim dress and head scarf were put on the statue again
© AP Photo/POLFOTO, Andrius Karolis
In 2007, it was sprayed with pink paint
© AP Photo/Kristoffer Eriksen
The Little Mermaid was covered in paint more than once
© AP Photo/John McConnico)
April Fool day joke organized by The State National Historic Museum in 2010
© EPA/BIRGITTE RUBAEK/HANDOUT

The Little Mermaid is situated by the waterside in Copenhagen. The statue, inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is one of Denmark's biggest tourist attractions and one of the most famous statues in the world. However, it has become an object of vandalism many times. On April 24, 1964, the statue's head was sawn off and stolen for the first time. Since then, the statue has been covered in paint, clad in a Burka, decapitated and many other things. Learn more about the 50-year history of vandalism of the Little Mermaid in this photo gallery by ITAR-TASS.

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