Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece is typically only seen by museum visitors from afar, and alongside large groups of people. A new auction, however, is granting a bidder full access to an inspection of the famous work.
“You will be able to look straight into the eyes of the Mona Lisa and admire this iconic work from up close,” a statement reads.
The interaction will take place during the Mona Lisa’s annual inspection. Every year, the painting is taken down from the wall and removed from its glass case by conservators, who check its condition.
The auction, held by Christie’s, has received two bids as of 8 December, with the prize currently going for €10,000 (£9,000). The Louvre has hopes to raise between €10,000 and €30,000 euros.
The Louvre has struggled in 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic leaving it closed for five months. As a result, it is reported to lose €90m once the year is over.
“Everyone has been able to understand the difficulties that the pandemic has created for cultural institutions, and the Louvre is no exception,” Cécile Verdier, the President of Christie’s France, said in a statement.
“For many of us, the Louvre is a fabulous showcase for great artistic emotions. Thanks to the funds raised by this sale, promoting the Louvre’s activities for audiences unfamiliar with museums is all the more meaningful in these troubled times.”
Bidding for the “up close” inspection of the Mona Lisa continues at Christie’s, with the auction closing on 15 December.
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