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Copy of Mona Lisa sold for 2.9m euros in Paris auction


A woman looks at the ‘Hekking Mona Lisa’ in Paris, France. File/ Reuters

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In what could be termed a crazy evening in Paris, a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's 17th century Mona Lisa was sold for 2.9 million euros, a record amount for a knockoff, at Christie's auction house.

Social media users were divided over the auction.

Some called it an absolute waste of money, while other art lovers said even if you get an A-copy, you would go for it. It is about the taste.

The owner of the paining, known as "Hekking Mona Lisa," who argued that a copy he bought in the 1950s was the original.

The art piece was one of many copies of the original hanging in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

A Christie's official said, "This is crazy. This is a new record for a Mona Lisa replica."

The last copy was sold to a European collector.

The original painting in the Louvre is not for sale.

But in 2017, Christie's in New York sold Da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" for $450 million to an anonymous bidder over the phone, making it the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction.

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