Artist who botched church's painting of Christ sells new painting for $1,400

Artist who botched church's painting of Christ sells new painting for $1,400

Credit: Elías García Martínez (left), Cecilia Giménez (right)

“Ecce Homo” (“Behold the Man”) | Original (left), After restoration (right)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM

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 (euro) 1,080 ($1,421) on eBay.

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

Gimenez said the proceeds will to the Catholic charity organization Caritas.

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 redubbed 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.

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