The copy is so similar to the Da Vinci original that it’s likely the artist had access to Leonardo’s version, auction house Artcurial said.
A faithful copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, dating back more than 400 years, will be auctioned in Paris on Tuesday, months after another reproduction of one of the most recognizable portraits in the world sold for a record price.
The original by Leonardo, which the French king Francis I bought from the painter in 1518, is in the Louvre museum in Paris and is not for sale.
But the copy for sale, dating from around 1600, is so similar to the original that it’s likely the artist had close access to Leonardo’s version, auction house Artcurial said.
The copy is estimated to fetch 150,000-200,000 euros ($ 173,000- $ 230,000).
“The Mona Lisa is the most beautiful woman in painting,” said Matthieu Fournier, expert and auctioneer of the Artcurial auction house, while the painting was exhibited to the public before the sale. “Everyone wants to own a high quality version of the Mona Lisa.”
Leonardo, he pointed out, “had fans, because he invented a style. He had followers, imitators ”.
In June, a European collector bought another 17th-century copy of the Mona Lisa for € 2.9 million ($ 3.35 million), a record for a reproduction of the work, at an auction at Christie’s in Paris. .
In 2017, Christie’s New York sold Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi for a record $ 450 million.