Friday, February 8, 2013

Painting purchsed for £1,200 from Paris junk shop turns out to be missing part of infamous masterpiece and worth £35MILLION

Art lovers and collectors sometimes get the shocking surprise of their lives when they find out the actual worth of an otherwise ordinary looking painting bought from a junk shop.

An amateur art lover bought a painting  for £1,200 at a furniture shop in Paris, which later turns out to be the missing head of Gustave Courbet’s 'The Origin Of The World', displayed in one of Paris’s most prestigious museums, the Musee d’Orsay, depicts female genitalia.

It was long thought that head was removed deliberately to protect subject's modesty and the painting was was deemed so scandalous that it was not displayed until 1988.

Scientific tests proved it was the missing head of The Origin Of The World. Authenticity was scientifically established using state-of-the-art techniques that matched the two parts of the painting, its canvas and the original wooden frame.

Read more at Mail Online


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