Possible lost Caravaggio painting worth $135 million found in attic in France

A 400-year-old painting that might have been executed by Italian master Caravaggio has been found in an attic in southern France.

AP April 12, 2016 15:48:34 IST
Possible lost Caravaggio painting worth $135 million found in attic in France

Paris: A 400-year-old painting that might have been executed by Italian master Caravaggio has been found in an attic in southern France.

Possible lost Caravaggio painting worth 135 million found in attic in France

A 400-year-old painting that might have been executed by Italian master Caravaggio. AP

Eric Turquin, the French expert who retrieved the painting two years ago, says it is in an exceptional state of conservation and estimates its value at 120 million euros (about $135 million).

The picture, whose authenticity has not been established, had been left for more than 150 years in a property in the outskirts of Toulouse.

Called Judith Beheading Holofernes, it depicts the biblical heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general. It is thought to have been painted in Rome circa 1604-05.

Turquin told a press conference on Tuesday that there "will never be a consensus" about the name of the artist.

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