An art collection compiled by billionaire David Rockefeller featuring works by Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet grossed more than $ 646 million on the first night of an auction. Christie's says the proceeds go to philanthropy. (May 9th)

PARIS – An old painting found in the kitchen of an elderly French woman who considered it an icon of lesser importance, has made her a multi-millionaire.

The work, a masterpiece attributed to the 13th century. The nineteenth century Italian painter, Cimabue, who was discovered earlier this year, sold on Sunday for $ 26.6 million (€ 24 million).

Dominique Le Coent of Acteon Auction House, who sold the masterpiece to an anonymous buyer near Chantilly north of Paris, said the sale represented a "world record for a primitive or a work before 1500".

" It is a painting that is unique, magnificent and monumental, Cimabue was the father of the Renaissance, but this sale goes beyond all our dreams. "Le Coent to The Associated Press.

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An auctioneer discovered the painting in June when he inspected the house of a woman in Compiegne, northern France, and suggested that it be forwarded to experts for evaluation. It hung on a wall between kitchen and dining room.

Unlikely discovery: In the women's kitchen, according to experts, only a rare painting that may have been worth millions

Woman will now receive "the majority" of the sale money, the auction house said With.

Expected selling price was $ 4.4 million to $ 6.6 million (€ 4 million to € 6 million).

According to Le Coent, the experts were absent The brand because it was the first time that a Cimabue came under the hammer. "There has never been a Cimabue painting on sale, so there's been no indication of how much it could bring," he explained.

The painting titled "Christ ridiculed" measures about 24 by 20 centimeters).

Art experts say it is probably part of a larger diptych that Cimabue painted around 1280, of which two more are on display in the Frick Collection in New York and the National Gallery in London.

The discovery of the painting has storms of enthusiasm throughout the art world.

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Cimabue, who taught the Italian master Giotto, is widely regarded as the forefather of the Italian Renaissance. He broke away from the Byzantine style popular in the Middle Ages and began to integrate elements of movement and perspective that were characteristic of Western painting, the hallmarks of Cimabue.

Stephane Pinta, an art specialist with the Turquin, pointed to similarities in facial expressions and buildings, as well as the painter's techniques for transmitting light and distance.


Christie's auction house in New York featured paintings by Edward Hopper, Pabloc Picasso, and others to be auctioned in the coming weeks. (Nov. 5)

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