In the World War II days, just before it all started, an apartment owner from Paris left to France for good and could not make it back to Paris ever since then. Surprisingly, the apartment was left untouched for the next 70 years.
In 2010, the owner aged 91 expired and the executor of her will realized that the owner had an apartment. When they entered the apartment, there was obviously a thick layer of dust to welcome them and when they looked through everything, they were surprised to see paintings that were kept there to be analyzed.
One painting was of a lady wearing pink dress, and little did they realize that it was worth a lot more than they had imagined! It was an art work by Giovanni Boldini from 19th century and was completed in 1894 of an actress named Marthe de Florian. What was more shocking is that, the house owner was the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian and when the painting was auctioned, they got a whopping $3.4 M for it.
The apartment was covered in dust, perfectly preserved.
All of the furniture from the time period remained just how she left it. It looks as if she was just there yesterday.
Although it seems strange, having taxidermy pieces in one’s home was once a sign of affluence.
The home is not open to the public and is still owned by her estate.
Inside, a painting by Giovanni Boldini was found, a portrait of the apartment’s owner herself Madame de Florian.
The painting was sold for 2.1 million euros and the rest of the items inside of the apartment would be worth thousands as well.
The apartment is like a history lesson, showing what life was like during that time in Paris.
Stepping into this apartment is like stepping into history.
The apartment was able to remain abandoned and untouched because Madame de Florian continued paying the rent until her death in 2010 at the age of 91. Despite paying the rent, she never returned.