MADRID - A year ago, a botched restoration of a fresco of Christ by a Spanish retiree drew guffaws. Now, 81-year-old artist Cecilia Gimenez is having the last laugh.
Juan Maria Ojeda, an official in Borja, a town of 5,000 in northeastern Spain, said Tuesday the fresco has drawn more than 40,000 visitors and raised more than $66,000 for a local charity.
The artist and a local council are to sign a deal sharing profits from merchandise featuring the image. Her own art has also been exhibited.
The fresco depicts Christ with a crown of thorns, but some critics said her restoration made Christ look like a monkey.
Officials say it's not possible to restore the painting's original look.
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