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Mona Lisa copy goes under the hammer for $385k in Paris auction

Mona Lisa copy goes under the hammer for $385k in Paris auction
A visitor looks at a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa ahead of the sale on Nov 9, 2021.
PHOTO: Reuters

PARIS - A faithful copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, one of the world's most recognisable portraits, sold for €210,000 (S$385,000) at a Paris auction on Tuesday (Nov 9).

The auction house, Artcurial, had estimated the copy, dating from around 1600 and looking strikingly similar to the original, would fetch €150,000 to €200,000.

Leonardo's original, which French King Francois I bought from the painter in 1518, can be found in Paris' Louvre museum, drawing huge crowds to see its enigmatic smile.

In June, a European collector bought another 17th-century copy of the Mona Lisa for €2.9 million, a record for a reproduction of the work, at Christie's in Paris.

In 2017, Christie's New York sold Leonardo's Salvator Mundi for US$450 million.

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