Priceless Boldini Painting Found In ‘Untouched’ Flat Sells For €2.1 Million

October 6, 2010

Portrait of Mlle de Gillespie, 'La Dame de Biarritz', 1912

France (ChattahBox Art News) – For 70 years, the apartment of the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian, a beautiful actress of the early screen, lay untouched. The rent was paid, the doors were locked, but no one went inside. Until the 91-year-old passed away, and the rooms of treasure were discovered by experts sent to inventory her belongings.

The apartment held various items from before WWII; de Florian had left Paris before the war, and never went back. There were toys and a vanity, furniture and art. But the most shocking and cherished of items was  a before-unknown painting by legendary painter Giovanni Boldini.

It showed the woman’s actress grandmother in a pink gown. Letters found at the premises, including a scribbled dedication note, confirmed that Boldini had been one of her many admirers, and had painted the piece in dedication to his muse.

This week, the painting went under the hammer in Paris, and after ten bidders fought to own the piece, the final price came to an astonishing €2.1 million, the highest price of any Boldini piece.

“It was a magic moment. One could see that the buyer loved the painting; he paid the price of passion,” art specialist Marc Ottavi was quoted by The Telegraph.


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