In Paris, a deserted apartment locked up and untouched for 70 years was filled with furniture, books, and various works of art.Among these work of arts, a painting worth million dollars was found covered in dust.
, the Italian portrait and genre painter of the 19th century, painted this portrait of a beautiful woman which is sold for nearly $3 million on auction this week.The auction for the painting started at 300,000 euros and then jumped up to 1.3 million euros. It eventually went to the highest bidder for 2.1 million euros ($2.9 million) after fees.
The painting's subject, "a woman in a pink muslin evening dress," was apparently Boldini's muse, Marthe de Florian. That hunch was legitimized by another titillating discovery in the apartment: a scribbled love note from the artist to de Florian.
The apartment belonged to de Florian's granddaughter, who recently passed away at age 91.Although no one lived there but the rent was paid by this woman who didn't ever use it.She left the apartment just before the start of World War II and never returned