LONDON (Reuters) – A portray via Italian master Caravaggio located five years ago in an attic might be sold at auction on June 27 within the French town of Toulouse and will fetch as much as a hundred and fifty million euros ($170 million), artwork experts said. The painting, currently on display at the Colnaghi Galleries in London, dates from 1607 and depicts biblical heroine Judith beheading the Assyrian widespread Holofernes. “Judith and Holofernes” become located by the proprietors of a residence in Toulouse in 2014 as they investigated a leak of their attic. Barring some minor harm, artwork expert Eric Turquin stated, the portray stays in enormously correct condition. Turquin said the painting, which was saved in the attic “for as a minimum one hundred years,” had gone through exhaustive, and to start with mystery, evaluation to establish its authenticity.
“After five years of evaluation, work, discussions… Now that we are without a doubt positive it’s far a photograph by using Caravaggio, we promote it,” Turquin stated. It is probably to draw extreme interest among customers outside Europe, he said. “This painting could be essential due to the fact Caravaggio is a primary artist who speaks to our technology, and there are only sixty-five recognized paintings with the aid of him,” said Turquin, whose organisation has led studies paintings on the painting since it was found. “Within his oeuvre, this portrays is critical… He is inventing something new… Growing dark artwork will become the artwork of his remaining years, the fine, we think, the greater tragic, the more transferring… The more cutting-edge,” he stated. The portray is the second with the aid of Caravaggio to depict the decapitation of the drunken Holofernes with the aid of Judith. The first, courting from around 1600, is on display at the Barberini Palace in Rome. ($1 = zero.8841 euros)