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Louvre puts personal time at the auction with Mona Lisa to paint financial cracks.

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financial cracks Whoever wins the auction, the annual examination of the picture will bring Leonardo da Vinci closer to his masterpiece.

In the finances of the pandemic of coronavirus, the Louvre Museum in Paris uses its most famous art to fill the EUR 90 million (£81 million) hole. The highest bidder must be sold with special access to Mona Lisa.

Whoever wins the auction, by witnessing an annual exam on the painting, will be able to get closer to Leonardo’s masterpiece.

Visitors normally only see it over the heads of crowds that swarm around 1503, also called La Gioconda, three meters apart and around (15ft).

But the Mona Lisa is pulled down from the wall every year and removed for a fleeting examination from its glass case.

Some of the world’s leaders are lucky few who have seen the event over the past decades.

The hammer is also comprised of two dozen lots of oil paintings by Pierre Soulages in the year 1962 and a special watchmaker Vacheron Constantin’s private collection.

Another item in the auction, which Christie hopes will raise more than EUR 1 million (£900,000), would be a walk along the rooftop of the 800-year-old Louvre palace with a French street performer JR.

For the Mona Lisa experience, officials hope to raise between €10 000 and €30 000 (£9 million-£27 000).

“The Louvre is suffering like all big museums around the world.” declared Yann Le Touher who deals with relationships with Louvre’s patrons financial cracks.

In 2019, nearly 10 million visitors visited the museum, but this year it has been shut down for over five months during two lockdowns and – when open during the summer – during the peak months, its number fell by up to 75%.

This year the Louvre, while rich in art and heritage, wasn’t a rich institution, said Mr. Le Touher was losing up to 90 million euros in revenue.

After capturing COVID-19 more than 55,000 people died in France and over 2.3 million in the country.