x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Spain's botched fresco artist sells painting on eBay

A painting by the 80-year-old Spanish artist who became famous for her botched restoration of a Christ fresco in a small-town church has fetched €1,080 (Dh5,223) on eBay.

MADRID // A painting by the 80-year-old Spanish artist who became famous for her botched restoration of a Christ fresco in a small-town church has fetched €1,080 (Dh5,223) on eBay.

The closing price for Celia Gimenez's oil painting "Las Bodegas de Borja" ("Borja's Wine Cellar") more than tripled its starting price after 52 bids.

Ms Gimenez said the proceeds will to the Catholic charity organisation Caritas.

Ms Gimenez became a sensation in August when pictures spread on the internet of an "Ecce Homo" ("Behold the Man") mural in the town of Borja that she disfigured while trying to restore it. Twitter users dubbed it "Ecce Mono" ("Behold the Monkey").

The painting has since become a tourist attraction and the image has been used on T-shirts and wine labels.