A Rich Woman Fled Her Apartment In 1942. It Remained Untouched For 70 Years... What They Found Is Incredible

January 9, 2014

By Steph for Belloblog.com

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This real-estate story sounds almost like a fairy tale or the beginning of a big Hollywood production. An apartment unoccupied since 1942 has recently been discovered in Paris.

It was owned by Madame de Florian – a socialite and an actress – who fled to the South of France during the second world war, leaving everything behind. She never came back to Paris but kept on paying her rent until the day she died when she was 91.

It wasn't until after she passed away that someone re-entered her apartment for the first time in over 70 years.

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Walking under high wooden ceilings, past an old wood stove and stone sink in the kitchen, Olivier Choppin-Janvry spotted a stuffed ostrich and a Mickey Mouse toy dating from before the war.

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These images are just amazing and moving at the same time. A place left untouched and undisturbed since one of the darkest times is a rare find in Paris.

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They also found a painting by Giovanni Boldini, the subject a beautiful Frenchwoman who turned out to be the artist's former muse, la belle Madame de Florian herself. The expert could not find any records of the painting, until they found a card with a scribbled love note from Boldini. The painting was sold for €2.1 million, a world record for the artist.

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The rest was left un-dusted and un-disturbed to this day. Unfortunately, this home is not open to the public and it is owned entirely by her estate.

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Source: Belloblog.com

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