Claims to be original: Is the Mona Lisa up for auction? not exactly

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Christie’s auction house is currently offering for sale a painting whose owner claims it is the original Mona Lisa, hoping that his campaign will return him some compensation after he spent decades trying to convince the world.


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The correctness of his words. Raymond Hecking has spent decades trying to convince the world that the Mona Lisa he bought in a French antiques store in 1953 is the original and that the painting on display at the Louvre is a fake.
Christie’s is currently offering “Mona Lisa Hecking” for sale online, hoping that his campaign will pay him some compensation.
Pierre Etienne, international director of pioneering antique paintings at Christie’s, said the painting was similar to the Mona Lisa but the work was not as good as Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings.
Hecking argues that the original painting never came back after it was stolen in the early 20th century and ended up in a shop in the village of Magignosque in France’s Provence while the gallery in Paris was scammed with a replica.
Christie’s said the painting was made by an obscure artist in the early 17th century, nearly 100 years after the original painting by the Italian Renaissance artist entered the collections of King Francois I.
The starting price for the painting ranges from 200,000 to 300,000 euros, and the online auction ends on the 18th of this month.

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