In 1942, a 23-year-old woman, Madame de Florian, fled her apartment home in Paris, France to escape the Nazi raid. She locked it up and never returned, and the apartment remained untouched until her death at the age of 91. Her family discovered that she had been paying the rent and upkeep on it for her entire life. The family hired auctioneer Oliver Choppin Janvry and his team to visit the flat and inventory its contents. The room you’re about to see hasn’t been opened for 68 years!
**The biggest treasure of all was this painting by Italian artist Giovanni Boldini from 1898. The woman in the painting was Marthe de Florian, the grandmother of Madame de Florian. Although there weren’t any records of the painting, art experts managed to find a mention of it in a memoir by the famed painter’s widow. Their suspicions were also confirmed by love letters found in the apartment by Boldini.**
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