Stéphane Distangien, founder and CEO of the international technology company Fabernovel, invited the French authorities to consider selling a painting by Mona Lisa, which belongs to the Louvre.
France, along with European countries, was forced to temporarily freeze most of its economy to limit the spread of the virus. The country was heavily affected by COVID-19. “The recovery of the economy will be long, difficult and costly,” said French Economy Minister Bruno Le Mayor on April 9.
Entrepreneur Stéphane Distangien believes that selling the painting will allow France to overcome the economic crisis after the COVID-19 pandemic. He believes that the paintings in France are enough, and money should be received wherever you can.
“The price has to be very high for the sale to make sense,” said Stephane in an interview with the French magazine Usbek & Rica. “I estimate that the purchase of the Mona Lisa will require at least 50 billion euros.
He said that for the richest man in the world, the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, this amount is only a third of his fortune. “The amount paid to his wife in connection with his recent divorce was much higher. Why not offer him our painting?”
The legendary painting was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503-1505. The Gioconda is currently exhibited in the Louvre. It is believed that the painting depicts Lisa Gerardini, wife of Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo.