A replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa sold for approximately 3.4 million dollars at a French auction on Friday (local time).
According to NHK World, the painting sold for nearly ten times its estimate during an online auction hosted by Christie’s Auction House in Paris.
The reproduction is believed to have been painted in the early 1600s, approximately 100 years after the Louvre’s Mona Lisa.
Leonardo da Vinci’s original work was created on a wood panel, whereas the replica is on canvas. The replica has been dubbed the “Hekking Mona Lisa” in honour of French art collector Raymond Hekking, who acquired it in the 1950s from an antique shop, according to NHK World.
Hekking made a great deal of effort to establish that his acquisition was indeed the genuine Leonardo work. The auction house’s Pierre Etienne stated that while global art experts may have determined the Hekking work was not a genuine Leonardo, the final bid set a record for a reproduction. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most recognisable and celebrated works of art in the world, as well as one of the most replicated and reinterpreted.
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