I think many will agree that this week’s result from Christie’s sale of a 17th-century copy of the Mona Lisa, called the Hekking Mona Lisa, illustrates how crazy the art world has become — not to mention that some people have far too much money.
Back in the 1950s, Raymond Hekking claimed he purchased THE REAL ‘Mona Lisa’ for £3 and went on a crusade to prove that his painting was, in fact, the original. He even produced a video — you can see it HERE.
Of course, his claims fell short, and the work was determined to be a 17th-century copy. Just look at the figure’s hands; is that the work of a master? This week, the painting appeared in an online auction with an estimate of €200-300,000 and sold for €2.9M ($3.4M).