A copy of the Mona Lisa will be auctioned in Paris

A true copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from more than 400 years ago will go up for auction in Paris on Tuesday, months after another reproduction of one of the world’s most recognized portraits sold for a record price.

Da Vinci’s original, which French King Francis I bought from the painter in 1518, is in the Louvre in Paris and is not for sale.

But the copy for sale, dating from around 1600, is so close to the original that the artist likely had close access to Leonardo’s version, auction house Artcurial said.

It is estimated that the copy will reach a value of between 150,000 and 200,000 euros (between 173,000 and 230,000 dollars).

“The Mona Lisa is the most beautiful woman in painting,” said auctioneer and Artcurial auction house expert Matthieu Fournier as the painting was on display before the sale. “Everybody wants to have a high-quality version of the Mona Lisa.”

Leonardo, he stressed, “had admirers, because he invented a style. He had followers, imitators.”

In June, a European collector bought another copy of the 17th-century Mona Lisa for 2.9 million euros, a record for a reproduction of the work, at a Christie’s auction in Paris.

In 2017, Christie’s New York sold Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” for a record $ 450 million.


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