At an auction held by Christie's Paris on Friday, a European collector paid 2.9 million euros, setting a record for a replication of the Mona Lisa, for a replica created by Leonardo da Vinci in the 17th century.
The "Hekking Mona Lisa" is one of numerous replicas of the original Mona Lisa on display in Paris' Louvre museum, so dubbed from the owner who attempted to convince people that his 1950s imitation artwork was the real thing.
A Christie's spokesman stated, "This is fantastic; it's a record for a replica of the Mona Lisa."
At the international auction, he claimed there were 14 bidders, and in the last hour, bids increased from 500,000 to 2.4 million euros before reaching a final price of 2.9 million euros.
The Louvre's original Mona Lisa artwork is not for sale. But in 2017, da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction when Christie's New York sold it for $450 million to an anonymous telephone bidder.