In what is being described as one of the greatest ever finds in the art world, a painting by one of the old masters has been discovered by accident in the leaky attic of a French house. The canvas by Italian artist Caravaggio was stumbled upon when the owners of a house in Toulouse wanted to fix a leak in the roof and could be worth an estimated $136 million. That’s a few cents short of R2 billion.
That’s part of the painting. The rest shows the man being decapitated.
A painting found in the attic of a house in southwest France two years ago was attributed to the Italian master Caravaggio by private French experts who hailed its discovery on Tuesday as a great event in the history of art.
The work, which depicts Biblical heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general, was found by the owners of a house near Toulouse as they investigated a leak.
It could be worth 120 million euros. [Yahoo]