Apartment in Paris locked for 70 years was hiding a treasure


An apartment in Paris that was closed for 70 years, since the World War II, was recently photographed to show a perfect example of a decoration from the middle of the twentieth century. The home, which now works like a time machine, was full of little “treasures”.

The apartment belonged to Mrs. De Florian, who run away from Paris when the war began. She fled to the south of France and never returned, leaving the apartment locked up until her death, which happened three years ago, when she was 91 years old.

In seven decades, no one entered the apartment, located near a church in the 9th arrondissement of the French capital, between the Pigalle area and the Opera.

After the apartment was finally opened, experts started making an inventory of her possessions. They found, for instance, a painting by the 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini, which features a woman in a pink muslin evening dress. Apparently, this woman was Boldini’s muse, but also Marthe de Florian, Mrs. De Florian grandmother.


Marthe was a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque and she had a long list of admirers. Their love letters were still on the premises. Among the group of admirers were the 72nd prime minister of France, George Clemenceau, but also the painter Boldini.

The experts were able to prove the painting’s authenticity with a scribbled love note from Boldini and then found a reference to the paint in a book. The work of art was sold for nearly 2,8 million dollars, a world record for the artist.

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