Saturday, October 23, 2010

Stumbling Onto History


In my morning reading, I came across the most beautiful story of treasures found!

A Parisian apartment was recently unlocked after being closed for 70 years.  70 years!  The owner fled Paris during the the War to the South of France, but faithfully paid the rent on her apartment for 70 years, but never returned.  Upon her death, a team was tasked with developing an inventory of the treasures inside the apartment.  And treasures they found!

Among the items was a beautiful and undiscovered Boldini painting of the renter's grandmother, Marthe de Florian, an actress from the 1890's, renowned for her ardent love affairs.  The painting was sold at auction for 2.1 million Euros - the story now just as famous as the painting.

Read Sommer Leigh's more cleverly written post here.  What an inspiring story!

1 comment:

Elizabeth Golden said...

I thought this was so romantic when I read the news article. How cool it must have been to be her grand daughter and walk in her apartment. Like a walk back in time. I hope she kept the apartment in Paris.