When it comes to iconic artworks, one of the most famed (for obvious reasons) is Leonardo da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa. The painting which is said to depict Lisa Gherardini, the spouse of a Florentine silk merchant, Francesco Giocondo is currently hung at Louvre Museum in Paris for far more than 200 decades. However, there’s no dearth of the artifact’s copies being sold across the globe.
One such replica of the Mona Lisa which is believed to date right back to the 17th century was recently sold for a mind-numbing figure of 552,500 euros of $611,950. Yes, that’s right! The copy of the artwork was auctioned as part of a Sotheby’s sale in Paris this Tuesday and has raked in several times higher than its original valuation of 70,000-90,000 euros ($77,545 – $99,700).
Commenting on the astounding sale, Baukje Coenen, a director at Sotheby’s, said in a statement said: “This amazing result testifies to the power of the lasting fascination of this iconic painting.” The Original Mona Lisa on which da Vinci began work in 1503 is touted as the “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.” It also holds a record for being the most valued painting in the world.