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ah ha! I see now why the inflated prices, why the obsession over where it came from!

In our hyper-mechanized society, in which mechanical reproduction is so easily within everyone's grasp, the thing which we cannot reproduce is an object's history - that is, the history of the original , its provenance, where it came from and whose hand. THAT is why the Mona Lisa, La Jaconda, is the *Mona Lisa*. This is why the obsession with, "who did it?"

this is the one thing we cannot reproduce.
 

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Given the situation of being confronted with a decision:

there is a burning house. Inside this house is the Mona Lisa. also inside this house is your cat named Fifi. i have time to dash in and save only one thing -

i grab the Mona Lisa and run out of the house. Fifi burns.
 

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i grab the Mona Lisa and run out of the house. Fifi burns.
fifi nooooooooo
LOL i'm sorry fifi. that was just funny.

yeah, imagine if somebody did an exact replica of the mona lisa. it wouldn't be the same, because the real one is the one that people have talked about and looked at over the centuries.
 

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LOL i'm sorry fifi. that was just funny.

yeah, imagine if somebody did an exact replica of the mona lisa. it wouldn't be the same, because the real one is the one that people have talked about and looked at over the centuries.
and *survived* all those centuries, the history and upheaval. all that.
 
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