Raymond Hekking spent many years attempting to persuade the world that the Mona Lisa portray he purchased from a French antiques retailer in 1953 was actual and the one within the Louvre Museum was a pretend.
Now Christie’s public sale home has put Hekking’s ‘Mona Lisa’ up on the market, within the hope that the story of his marketing campaign to make his dream come true will assist make up for the truth that it’s a copy.
“It appears to be like just like the Mona Lisa, however the high quality of the execution just isn’t Leonardo da Vinci,” stated Christie’s worldwide director of outdated grasp portray, Pierre Etienne.
“Sadly at that time the dream is a bit over.”
Hekking’s argument was that the unique portray was by no means returned after a theft within the early 20th century, which ended up within the store within the village of Magagnosc in his native Provence, whereas the gallery within the French capital was misled by a duplicate.
Quite a few newspaper clippings attest to his harassment of the media and a Pathe newscast from the 1960s exhibits American journalists exhibiting as much as examine the copy when the true Mona Lisa was loaned to the USA.
The portray was made by an unknown artist within the early 17th century, round 100 years after the Italian Renaissance grasp’s unique entered the royal assortment of Francois I, Christie’s stated.
It has an approximate value of 200,000-300,000 euros and the net public sale ends on June 18.