A petition urging Amazon billionaire and world's richest man Jeff Bezos to buy and eat the Mona Lisa is gathering pace.
In the bizarre appeal on Change.org, the Amazon CEO is encouraged to buy the world-famous Leonardo da Vinci painting and munch it because "nobody has eaten the mona lisa and we feel jeff bezos needs to take a stand and make this happen."
After a slow start when it was launched last year, the petition has attracted more than 500 signatures in recent days, taking its total to 655.
"gobble da lisa," one wrote, while another joked, "I feel like this is something society needs… Jeff, we need you to make this sacrifice for society."
The priceless artwork is owned by the French government and is on permanent display at the Louvre in Paris.
The unusual plea comes after Bezos, recently named the world's richest man, announced he was planning an 11-minute trip to space as part of his company Blue Origin’s first crewed flight next month.
Bids to join Bezos on his short mission have been pouring in this week, with the highest a whopping $2.8billion (£1.4bn), CNBC reports.
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos blasting into space next month – and you can join him for £2m
The bidding is believed to have ended yesterday, Thursday.
Bezos is no stranger to lavish spending, having bought a 418-foot yacht for $500million (£353m), converted four luxury New York City apartments into a 23,000 square-foot penthouse for around $96m (£68m), and investing $1bn (£706m) a year into Blue Origin, according to the New York Post.
Calls for France to sell the masterpiece to pay off some of its mounting debt have increased in recent years. These include tech entrepreneur Stephane Distinguin, who claimed the authorities could make €50bn (£43bn) to help the country though the Covid-19 pandemic.
But experts said the Mona Lisa was worth much less because other da Vinci pieces have sold for hundreds of millions.
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