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OAP who 'destroyed' fresco sells amateur artwork on eBay

2012-12-18 02:41:44

Jesus Fresco

A well-meaning pensioner who transformed a cherished Jesus Christ fresco painting into a 'monkey in an ill-fitting tunic' has begun selling her amateur artwork on eBay.

OAP Cecilia Gimenez hit the headlines earlier this year after her attempts to restore the 200-year-old famous Ecce Homo painting by Elias Garcia Martine went viral.

The criticism doesn't appear to have knocked her confidence, with the 80-year-old deciding to put her latest creation on the popular auction site.

More than 30 people have expressed an interest in purchasing Las Bodegas de Borja by Ms Gimenez, with the listing attracting bids topping £400.

Cecilia Giminez

Las Bodegas de Borja by Cecilia Gimenez (Picture: eBay)
Tourists have flocked to Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza where the Ecce Homo had resided untouched for over 100 years before its recent transformation.

The painting has become so popular that Ms Gimenez has reportedly hired a team of lawyers in a bid to secure royalties from the fees church owners are charging tourists.

However any money raised from the current eBay auction will be donated to the Roman Catholic charity Caritas.

'She just wants [the church] to conform with the law,' her lawyer said.

'If this implies an economic compensation, she wants it to be for charitable purpose.'

In September, the artwork inspired an online painting game encouraging users to attempt to restore the artwork themselves.

One internet user even used the masterpiece as inspiration to create a new Halloween outfit, dubbed 'the Beast Jesus'


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