Vid utbrottet av andra världskriget, flydde en ung kvinna Paris, för att aldrig återvända. Hon dog nyligen i den mogna åldern av 91 år, och vid bouppteckningen fann experter att hennes fastighet i Paris hade lämnats orörd i 70 år.
The property was found near a church in the French capital’s 9th arrondissement, between Pigalle red light district and Opera. Experts were tasked with drawing up an inventory of her possessions which included a painting by the 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini.
One expert said it was like stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty, where time had stood still since 1900. ‘There was a smell of old dust,’ said Olivier Choppin-Janvry, who made the discovery.
Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: Treasure trove finally revealed after owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII.