Sat 06 November 2021:
Months after replica of one of the world’s most famous portraits sold for a record amount, another faithful replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, dating from more than 400 years ago, will be auctioned in Paris on Tuesday,
The original, which French King Francois I purchased from Leonardo in 1518, is housed in the Louvre museum in Paris and is not for sale.
However, because the replica on offer, which dates from roughly 1600, is so comparable to the original, the Artcurial auction house believes the artist had close access to Leonardo’s version.
It estimates the copy will fetch 150,000-200,000 euros ($173,000-$230,000).
In June, a European collector paid 2.9 million euros ($3.35 million) at Christie’s in Paris for another 17th-century copy of the Mona Lisa, setting a new record for a reproduction of the piece.
Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi was sold for a record $450 million by Christie’s New York in 2017.
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