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Long-lost Caravaggio painting to be auctioned in June in France

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Long-lost Caravaggio painting to be auctioned in June in France

A painting by Italian master Caravaggio discovered five years ago in an attic will be sold at auction on June 27 in the French city of Toulouse and could fetch up to 150 million euros ($170 million), art experts said.

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A painting by Italian master Caravaggio discovered five years ago in an attic will be sold at auction on June 27 in the French city of Toulouse and could fetch up to 150 million euros ($170 million), art experts said.

The painting, currently on display at the Colnaghi Gallery in London, dates from 1607 and depicts biblical heroine Judith beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes.

"Judith and Holofernes" was found by the owners of a house in Toulouse in 2014 as they investigated a leak in their attic.

Barring some minor damage, art expert Eric Turquin said, the painting remains in surprisingly good condition.

Turquin said the painting, which had been kept in the attic "for at least 100 years," had undergone exhaustive, and initially secret, analysis to establish its authenticity.

"After five years of analysis, work, discussions... now that we are really sure it is a picture by Caravaggio, we put it on the market," Turquin said.

It is likely to draw particularly strong interest among buyers outside Europe, he said.

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