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OFF BEAT: Art's value in eyes of the beholder

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Ever wonder who is worth more — the world’s most famous portrait or one of the showbiz world’s power couples?

The Mona Lisa, which hangs in Paris’ Louvre gallery, reportedly was insured for a cool $100 million in 1962 making its insured value about $787 million in today’s money, according to the International Business Times.

That, according to the Guinness Book of Records, makes the painting the work of art with the greatest insured value ever.

But the value of Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic portrait dims in comparison to the wealth of two recent visitors to the gallery, the IBT reports.

Music stars Jay-Z and Beyonce took their daughter Blue Ivy for a private view of the picture — surely one of the most famous “Single Ladies” in the world, as well as some of the Louvre’s other treasures, during a recent trip to Paris.

They recorded their visit for posterity by posting photographs of themselves with La Gioconda on Instagram.

But while the Mona Lisa may be valued at about three quarters of a billion dollars, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s combined wealth exceeds one billion dollars, IBT estimates.

There is no information on the insured value of the Instagram snap.