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Caked in dust and full of turn-of-the century treasures, this
Paris apartment is like going back in time. In 2010 an abandoned
apartment was discovered by the family members of a 91 years old
Caked in dust and full of turn-of-the century treasures, this Paris apartment is like going back in time. In 2010 an abandoned apartment was discovered by the family members of a 91 years old lady, who passed away in south of France. The apartment was in perfectly preserved condition except for the thick layers of dust, obviously.
This lady was famously known as Madame de Florian, who fled away when there was an attack at the city by the Germans during the WWII. She never returned to Paris but regardless she kept paying the rent for around 70 years. Under a thick film of grime, investigators found themselves transported to early 1900s Paris during the height of the Belle Epoque. One of the inventorying experts even said that it was like stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty.
The biggest surprise was a never-before-seen painting by famed 19th-century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. The subject of the portrait, a woman perched on a lounge and shrouded in a pink satin evening gown, was 24-year-old Marthe de Florian, the apartment owners grandmother who was a Belle Epoque socialite, theater actress, and Boldinis muse. The painting was initially set to be sold at a price of 253,000 and actually got sold for 2.1 million after 10 bidders waged a war for the piece.
Isn't the tale of a shuttered apartment, a glamorous turn-of-the-century socialite, and a long-lost masterpiece sound like something straight out of a novel?