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I have not been able to stop thinking about this amazing story!
courtesy yahoo news- by Marie-Noelle Blessing Paris Thursday 7 oct 2010
"When an auctioneer entered a dust covered old Parisian flat in June to take
inventory of the deceased owner's possessions, he had the impression of
creeping into Sleeping Beauty's castle
In the gloom of the flat that had been shut up for decades
he came across a portrait unknown to art experts of a beautiful woman
by one of 19-century Paris' most prized artists,
Italian Giovanni Boldini
getty image (Marc Otavvi handout)
"There was a smell of old dust" said auctioneer Olivier Choppin-Janvry.
The painting recently fetched 2.1million euros in frenzied bidding.
The flats last occupant, who was the grand-daughter of Boldini's muse, had shut
it up before World War 11 to go live in the south of france and never returned.
The woman recently died at the age of 91 years, having paid upkeep fees
for the large flat in central Paris for 70years without using it....."
What an amazing story!