Have you ever heard of the idea or the concept a Rembrandt, in the attic? It refers to a piece of our valuable artwork or other collectible item that’s been forgotten or overlooked over the years and possibly sitting in an attic or basement some somewhere. In this training, Bradley shares how you could have “Rembrandts” in the attic (aka forgotten files) of your business.

Forgotten In The Attic?

While it may seem like a far-fetched idea, there have been actually many instances where a valuable object has been discovered in someone else’s home.  Often these discoveries are made after the owner has passed away.  One such discovery was a literal Rembrandt in someone’s attic. I’d like to give you a few examples of such discoveries, and how it all ties into your business in this quick training.

Judith Beheading Holfernes

The Lost Caravaggio

In 2014, an art historian named Erik Turquin was asked to look at a painting that had been hanging in a family’s kitchen for years. The painting  depicted a biblical scene, and it was believed to be a copy of a lost Caravaggio painting.  However, Turquin quickly realized that it was the real thing. After extensive restoration, the painting was authenticated as Caravaggio’s “Judith Beheading Holofernes” and sold at auction for over €100 million.

The painting was originally discovered in Toulouse, France.  It had been stored in an attic for years. The owners had no idea of its true value, because they believed it was a copy. After finding out the truth, they decided to sell the painting. It had been hidden with their family for generations. The sale of the painting made headlines around the world and brought attention to the phenomenon of the Rembrandt in the attic.