In 1942, a French woman fled her home in Paris during World War Two. She left an apartment that was untouched for 70 years! What she left behind in France was something astonishing, with one of the most stunning finds in recent memory. Just three years ago, the owner of the home passed away at the age of 91, prompting an auctioneer and a team to enter into her apartment.
There were several taxidermy pieces throughout the home. During the Victorian period, taxidermy was considered art and became incredibly popular part of interior design and decor.
The best find was this painting of Marthe de Florian by Italian painter Giovanni Boldini. The painting was proved to be authentic when a love-note and a biographical reference to the work painted in 1898 was discovered, also signifying that she was his muse. What's even more amazing is that the owner of this apartment was actually the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian. This painting eventually sold for €2.1 million or $3.4 million!
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