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Real or fake? A copy of da Vinci's Mona Lisa sells for $611,950 at auction

The 17th-century copy was initially valued at 70,000-90,000 euros.

Nov 20, 2019, 06.07 PM IST
A 17th century copy of the Mona Lisa is installed before its auction at Sotheby's in Paris.
PARIS: 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 ($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 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.

​Tourists wait to see Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris. ​
Tourists wait to see Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris.

"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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