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December 14, 1932|
Laragne-Montéglin, Hautes-Alpes, France
|Died||June 8, 1989
|Life imprisonment (in absentia)|
Life in hiding
Spaggiari remained free for the rest of his life. He was sentenced in absentia to a life in prison. Reportedly he underwent plastic surgery and spent probably most of the rest of his life in Argentina. However, it is reported that Spaggiari came several times clandestinely to France, visiting his mother or his wife "Audi". For the publishing of his last book Le journal d'une truffe he gave an interview to Bernard Pivot for the TV program Apostrophes that was reportedly recorded in Milan, Italy.
According to a CIA document declassified in 2000 and publicised by the National Security Archive, Michael Townley, the DINA international agent responsible for the murder of Orlando Letelier, a member of Salvador Allende's government, in Washington DC, 1976, was in contact with Spaggiari. Information contained in the document suggests that Spaggiari (code name "Daniel") conducted operations on behalf of DINA.   
Spaggiari was said to have died under "mysterious circumstances". The press reported that his body was found by his mother in front of her home on June 10, 1989, having been carried back to France by unknown friends. However it now seems well established that his wife Emilia was with him when he died of throat cancer on June 8, 1989, in a country house in Belluno, Italy. She drove the corpse from Italy to Hyères and lied to the police (it being a criminal offence to carry a corpse).
Remains of the loot from the heist have never been found.
- Faut pas rire avec les barbares (1977)
- Les égouts du paradis (1978)
- Le journal d'une truffe (1983)
French authors René Louis Maurice and Jean-Claude Simoën wrote the book Cinq Milliards au bout de l'égout (1977) about Spaggiari's bank heist in Nice. Their work was translated from the French into the English in 1978 by the British author Ken Follett under the title The Heist of the Century; it was also published as The Gentleman of 16 July and Under the Streets of Nice. Follett was outraged when some publishers brought it out as a new Ken Follett book, while it was, in fact, little more than a rushed-through translation.
Three movies were produced which were also based on the Nice bank robbery:
- Les égouts du paradis, a 1979 French movie directed by José Giovanni.
- The Great Riviera Bank Robbery, also known Dirty Money and Sewers of Gold, a 1979 British movie directed by Francis Megahy.
- Sans arme, ni haine, ni violence, a 2008 French movie directed by Jean-Paul Rouve.
A Czech movie, Prachy dělaj člověka, contains a reference to the heist, suggesting that one of the characters participated in it.
- Les égouts du paradis at the Internet Movie Database
- Albert Spaggiari page dealing with multimedia and detailed articles (French)