An early copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, over 400 years old, will go under the hammer at auction in Paris next Tuesday, months after another copy of one of the world’s most recognizable portraits sold at record price.
This particular copy dates to around 1600 and looks so much like the original, that it is as if the artist had access to Leonardo’s painting, pointed out Artcurial auction house.
It is estimated that the copy will reach a value of between 150,000-200,000 euros.
“The Mona Lisa is the most beautiful woman in painting,” says Artcurial auctioneer and expert Mathieu Fournier, while the painting is on display before the sale. “Everyone wants to have a high quality version of the Mona Lisa”. Leonardo da Vinci, as the expert pointed out, “had admirers 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, a record price for a reproduction of the work, at a Christie’s auction in Paris.