Million-dollar art treasure found in Paris flat!

Million-dollar art treasure found in Paris flat!

Paris : France | Oct 09, 2010 at 3:06 AM PDT
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Million dolla art treasure fond in Paris flat

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.

Giovanni Boldini, 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

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Million dolla art treasure fond in Paris flat
This handout from French art expert house Marc Ottavi(MO) shows a painting by Italian artist Giovanni Boldini that was found in June 2010 by an auctionner in a flat which was closed since her owner, who moved to southern France before the war, never returned to her Paris flat and died at the age of 91. The painting was sold for 2,1 million euros at Drouot saleshouse in September 2010.
JasonBornee is based in West Richland, Washington, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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