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.