‘Lost’ Caravaggio’s painting in the amount of $170 MILLION, bought for an auction, but is it real?

A painting believed by some experts to be of Caravaggio’s ‘Judith Beheading Holofernes’ is shown at Marc Labarbe auction house on the 15th of June, 2019 at the latest, in Toulouse, France.
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A previously unknown painting by Caravaggio, which had been found in a couple of years ago, it was expected to get up to $170 million at auction this week, but it never made it to the auction block.

Instead, an unnamed buyer, quiet, and has the painting on yesterday (25th of June) for the June 27 auction in Toulouse, France, in the town, ” The Guardian reported.

The beautifully painted canvas depicts the gruesome biblical scene of Judith, a Jewish woman beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes to her people, to save the day. Caravaggio is well-known for immortalizing this gruesome story of the painting of ‘Judith and Holofernes’, and that it will be ready in around 1598 or 1599. [30 of the world’s Most Precious Treasures are Still Missing]

However, this is an alternative version of the bloody murder of a real Collection? A number of experts have raised doubts, according to The Guardian.

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The “lost” Caravaggio turned up in a house in Toulouse, france in April 2014, CNN reported that year. After the owners found in the dusty, water-stained canvas on the floor, during a renovation, they contacted a friend by the name of Marc Labarbe, who was also a fine-art auctioneer.

Labarbe, then sent me a photo of the painting with Eric Turquin, is a well-respected Parisian auctioneer of art and the Old Masters, expert analysis, and two years later, Turquin, declared that the work had been painted by the great artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Reuters reported in 2016.

“An artist is just like us, and he has tics. And you will have all the tics of a Collection, in this one,” Turquin, told Reuters TELEVISION. What’s more, Rex is thought to have been made in a different painting of Judith and Holofernes, in 1606, according to the records from 400 years ago, and Turquin, told The Guardian.

The X-rays, and cleaning, it turned out that the attic of painting has undergone many revisions, with “a lot of touch-up,” which experts see as a sign that it’s a painting, not a forgery or a copy, Turquin said. But many experts are in dispute, the painting’s origin, Richard Cain, an Italian Baroque music expert at Princeton University, told The Art Newspaper.

Some might suggest that the painting was the work of a Flemish artist, Louis Finson, a contemporary of Caravaggio. Others have said that Finson completed the painting of Caravaggio on the left is unfinished, in 1607, after Malta, having fled in order to escape a death sentence for the murder of a man in a street fight, according to The Guardian.

Auction representatives declined to disclose the buyer’s identity as well as a picture of the price, but it is the work of art is bound for an unnamed “big museum”, outside of France, where it will be on display to the public, Reuters reported.

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