Painting found in attic could be worth $137M

A painting found in an attic in France two years ago could be by Italian master Caravaggio, said French art experts today.

The painting, which had been forgotten in the attic for more than 150 years was found accidentally when the owners of the house went to investigate a leak.

It was then given to art expert Eric Turquin, who says the painting is thought to have been painted in Rome in 1604-1605 by Michelangelo Merisi, also known as Caravaggio, and is in exceptionally good condition, reports Reuters.

If it is indeed Caravaggio’s work, it could be worth 120 million euros ($137 million).

According to Reuters, French authorities have put a bar on it leaving France, describing it in a decree as a painting of “great artistic value, that could be identified as a lost painting by Caravaggio”.

Judith Beheading Holofernes
Judith Beheading Holofernes, currently displayed in Rome

The work is thought to be another version of Judith Beheading Holofernes – another Caravaggio painting which currently hangs in Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antic – it shows Biblical heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general.