"It's not like the painting was shipped in a cardboard box filled with bubble wrap and peanuts."
It also mentions that this painting was done when Leonardo was an "apprentice" (hint, hint - it really isn't a "da Vinci"). The AP story that ran world wide also had Amato "chained to the gates" of the Uffizi. Well, the Uffizi doesn't have any gates, and except for the cigar chomping Senator, not many people seemed interested in this whole charade. Famous works or art like this travel around the world all the time, and Amato did seem to come off like a publicity hound. This story tells more of the Uffizi's side, but it's the side that also makes more sense.