Picture through Christie’s

Although one may expect the original Mona Lisa The search for millions, written by Leonardo da Vinci, if it ever goes on sale, is a surprise that even copies of works of art can get amazing prices in the market.

Copy for a famous work of art that just sold for $ 2.9 million ($ 3.4 million) at an online auction held by Christie’s Paris, far exceeding the auction house’s estimates of € 200,000-300,000 ($ 236,000-355,000).

Copy, named after the antiquarian Raymond Hekking, was acquired from an antique dealer in a small village in Nice, France. Hekking was convinced that his copy Mona Lisa was the real thing instead of being shown at the Louvre.

Hedge invited media around the world to his home in Nice, even challenging the Louvre to prove the authenticity of the version. Mona Lisa had been stolen from the Louvre in 1911, leading Hekking to think that it had been replaced by a forgery.

It turns out the work he owned was probably a copy of “an Italian school, in the early 18th century, a successor to Leonardo da Vinci,” according to Christie’s press release.

Look in a copy that applied for millions below.


Picture Christie’s

[via The Art Newspaper, images via Christie’s]

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