“We want Jeff Bezos to buy and eat the Mona Lisa.” this is the sentence that can be read in the petition launched on change.org by musician Kane Powell. In fact, the request was posted online last year, but for some strange reason it is having a lot of members this week. The people who have signed the petition are currently more than 11 thousand, number destined to rise in the next few hours.
Why Bezos should buy and eat there Gioconda? The creator’s response was as follows: “From what I remember, some friends and I were all from Applebee (American restaurant chain) at the beginning of COVID. Amazon was back in the headlines and we started talking about how Jeff Bezos should buy the Mona Lisa, just because he has the money to do it. At the time we thought it would be fun if it went viral and then we almost forgot about it. We shared it on our personal profiles, but nothing ever came out. ” .
La Gioconda undoubtedly the most famous painting in the world and giving it a cash value really turns out complicated. Over the centuries Leonardo’s work has gradually acquired an unprecedented fame, especially after the theft of 1911 and after the irreverent work of the Dadaist Marcel Duchamp L.H.O.O.Q, commonly known as “Gioconda with the mustache”.
According to the French digital entrepreneur Stephane Distinguin, the French government should sell La Gioconda to rectify the losses caused by the pandemic in their country. All this for no less than 50 billion euros, a modest sum that the founder of Amazon, as well as the richest man in the world, could afford thanks to his assets of 200 billion dollars (168 billion euros). Obviously this is a utopia, also because the Louvre has no intention of selling Leonardo Da Vinci’s mysterious masterpiece.
To be clear, the most expensive artwork ever sold on Salvator Mundi, also by Leonardo Da Vinci, purchased by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism for 450 million dollars (380 million euros).
As reported by Vice, the most complicated part of the petition would be for the second, which is the action of eat the Mona Lisa. The work was painted around the early 1500s on a poplar wood board with containing oil paint lead, silica, iron oxide, tin oxide, bone dust, cinnabar, assorted ground minerals and stones, beetle shells. In short, elements strongly harmful to humans especially if ingested.
Obviously it is just a curious story that involved thousands of people. But don’t worry, for the moment the masterpiece of the Florentine genius it will not be sold or eaten.
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