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‘Fake’ Mona Lisa fetches $3.4 million at auction

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  • Called ‘Hekking Mona Lisa’, the replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece is believed to have been created in 1600s

Paris: The replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘Mona Lisa’ was sold for a whopping $3.4 million at an auction. This was more than 10 times its appraised value. The reproduced painting is Hekking Mona Lisa after its European buyer who had argued that the one he had purchased was the original made by da Vinci.

The replica is said to be so close to the original that some experts even questioned if the one hanging in the Louvre was original.

‘Hekking Mona Lisa’ was sold on Friday at Christie’s in Paris. The buyer offered over 10 times the price estimated by the auction house, the highest ever paid to a fake Mona Lisa painting.

According to a Christie’s spokesperson, there were 14 international bidders for the painting

Hekking Mona Lisa believed to be made in 1600s

Experts believe that the replica was painted by an unknown Italian artist in 1600s, a year after da Vinci created the original one.

Raymond Hekking is said to have purchased the reproduced painting from an antique store in 1953. He believed that the one he had purchased was original and that the one in Louvre was a fake one that had been returned after the original was stolen.

The original, which is the Louvre museum in Paris is not for sale.

 

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