“Christie’s” auction house will display, starting Friday, online a painting “Mona Lisa Hecking” is the famous 17th-century painting whose owner Raymond Hecking claimed during the 1960s to be the original Leonardo da Vinci painting.
This painting topped the world news after this passionate collector obtained it from an antiques dealer in the region of Nice, “southern France,” as the auction house indicated, and its price is estimated at between 200,000 and 300,000 euros, and the auction will continue during the current month of June and until the 18th of the same month on the site. Electronic home.
Raymond Hecking, passionate about art, defended the originality of this painting for art historians and the media until the 1960s, according to what was reported by WAM24, quoting the German news agency, as he questioned the authenticity of the painting preserved in the Louvre Museum and asked the museum to prove that Leonardo da Vinci made it. .
Obsessed with the idea of owning the real Leonardo da Vinci painting, Hecking believed that the painting, which was returned to the Louvre in 1914, three years after it was stolen in 1911 by the Italian Vincenzo Peroga, is not the real Mona Lisa, but rather a copy was put in its place, and after the death Raymond Hecking in 1977, the painting remains with his family.
The “Mona Lisa” entered the collections of François I shortly after 1517. Several copies were made since the beginning of the seventeenth century, including one obtained by Raymond Hecking.