Who would have thought that you could have something in your kitchen that could make you a millionaire, well this one lady was one of those people as an auctioneer spotted the painting in her house and said she should get it appraised…
The woman was really unaware that the painting was, in fact, a long lost painting, of great importance and the painting, was destined to be sold at auction for more than she or anyone else could imagine.
The masterpiece measured just 5 inches by 7 inches, called Christ Mocked, and it went for five times more than its estimate of €4-6 million, it went for a whopping €24 million.
The painting is from the 13th-century Italian artist Cimabue, and was discovered in a kitchen in a house in northern France, experts said the price was a;
“world record for a primitive or a pre-1500 work”
Experts also said it was probably part of a larger display of eight small panels.
The auction house in the north of Paris said that the French woman, aged in her 90s, no spring chicken at all, will get “the majority” of the sale money.
Ironically the masterpiece has been above a cooking hotplate for many years, then woman didn’t even know of its significance, not at all!
The auctioneer saw the painting in while valuing furniture ahead of the woman’s planned move of house and suggested she should get it appraised by experts, what a find! The woman simply thought that the piece was simply some old religious work, worth nothing.
The painting, which happened to be sold for €19.5m before fees, was bought by an anonymous buyer.
Experts said as well as being part of a larger display, the eight small panels made up the passion and crucifixion of Christ that Cimabue painted around 1280.
Two of these panels happen to be on display at the Frick Collection in New York and the National Gallery in London, who would have believed where this woman kept hers for all those years. It was the first time a Cimabue work had ever gone under the hammer!
It was said that:
“There’s never been a Cimabue painting on sale so there was no reference previously on how much it could make.”
“When a unique work of a painter as rare as Cimabue comes to market, you have to be ready for surprises.”
Cimabue, who taught Italian master Giotto, is widely considered to be the forefather of the Italian Renaissance.
What would you do with €24 million?