A 17th-Century copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was sold on Tuesday at Sotheby’s auction house in Paris for 552,500 Euros, or $611,950, much more than the initial valuation of 70,000-90,000 Euros.
The Mona Lisa itself, on which da Vinci began work in Y 1503, has hung at the Louvre Museum in Paris for more than 200 years. It is thought to depict Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine silk merchant, Francesco Giocondo.
“This amazing result testifies to the power of the lasting fascination of this iconic painting,” Baukje Coenen, a director at Sotheby’s, said in a statement about Tuesday’s sale.
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