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Possible lost Caravaggio painting found in attic in France

Samuel Petrequin

Associated Press

Paris  /  Tue, April 12, 2016  /  05:58 pm
Possible lost Caravaggio painting found in attic in France

Auction officer Marc Labarbe presents the painting to the media in Paris, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. A 400-year-old painting that might have been executed by Italian master Caravaggio and could be worth more than 100 million euros has been found in an attic in Southern France.The picture, whose authenticity has not been established, had been left for more than 150 years in a property in the outskirts of Toulouse. (AP/Michel Euler)

A 400-year-old painting that might have been executed by Italian master Caravaggio has been found in an attic in southern France.

Eric Turquin, the French expert who retrieved the painting two years ago, says it is in an exceptional state of conservation and estimates its value at 120 million euros (about $135 million).

The picture, whose authenticity has not been established, had been left for more than 150 years in a property in the outskirts of Toulouse.

Called "Judith Beheading Holofernes," it depicts the biblical heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general. It is thought to have been painted in Rome circa 1604-05.

Turquin told a press conference on Tuesday that there "will never be a consensus" about the name of the artist.