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The Louvre Is Selling Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience To Get Closer To ‘Mona Lisa’
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Dec 2020
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Even if you are lucky enough to have seen the Mona Lisa in person at the Louvre museum, you’d know how difficult it is to properly take in her beauty and enigma, what with the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece being crowded by other visitors.
However, if you’re especially earnest about seeing the most famous painting in the world up close, the Louvre is giving you the chance to. According to CNN Style, the museum is auctioning off a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to attend the annual examination of the Mona Lisa, where it will be removed from its case for inspection by conservation experts. The winner will get to view the 500-year-old subject outside of her bulletproof glass case.
The experience is part of the Louvre’s fundraising bid to make its collection “accessible to all.” One of its intentions from the scheme is to open a Louvre Museum Studio centered on artistic and cultural education. Jean-Luc Martinez, president and director of the Louvre, shared in a press release that the financial uncertainty caused by COVID-19 makes reaching this objective more crucial than ever.
Other rare opportunities going under the hammer, by way of auctioneer Christie’s, entail a private tour of the establishment with Louvre president and director Jean-Luc Martinez, and a torchlight Louvre museum night tour and private concert in the Caryatids Hall.
The chance to attend the inspection is estimated to sell for €10,000 to €30,000 (US$12,000 to US$36,000). The sale will run until 15 December, and whoever wins the spot will have two years to fulfill the experience.
[via CNN Style and Forbes, cover image via Savvapanf Photo / Shutterstock.com]
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