A treasure trove of long lost works of Impressionist and Modern art were sold at auction yesterday in Paris.
The stash of paintings and prints had been found in a bank vault back in 1979.
They had belonged to Ambroise Vollard, an art dealer who had died nearly four decades earlier.
An acquaintance of his had stored them in the bank after Vollard’s death but then he died in the Holocaust.
It is only now after complex legal proceedings a sale allowing the rest of us a glimpse, has been able to go ahead.
One of the highlights was a portrait of Emile Zola by Cezanne, according to Samuel Valette of Sotheby’s .
“Most of the portraits of Zola by Cezanne were destroyed. Cezanne destroyed them because he didn’t think they were good enough. He only kept a few of them, of which this is one, so this is really quite rare.”
Art lovers the world over had been waiting for the once in a life time sale which in total raised 3.5 million euros