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Having spent some time in the romantically enchanting city of Paris, it is hard for me
to fathom why a Parisian would elect to leave and never come back. However, that
is exactly what happened to Mrs. de Florian, who in her youth had been a
demimondaine (a woman supported by a wealthy lover.)
Seeing the writing on the wall shortly before World War II converged on the city of Paris, de Florian hurriedly fled
the city. She locked the door of her posh apartment finalizing that time of her
life and never returned. She spent the next 70 years in the south of France.
The final door closed when earlier this year she passed away at the age of 91. However, with the closing of one door,
another door opened. The apartment had been left undisturbed for 70 years, and
was finally reopened in order to settle de Florian’s estate.
Like in the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, it was as if time stood still. A treasure trove was discovered under decades of
dust but most surprisingly was the discovery of a painting by the famous
Italian-born painter, Giovanni Boldini. Giovanni’s fame was as well known in
Paris as Sargent’s was in London. The found painting was of de Florian’s
grandmother, a beautiful French woman who artistically held great influence
over Boldini. The painting was a new revelation, having never been properly
cataloged however a reference of the work was found in a book which the
artist’s widow possessed saying it was painted in 1898 when Miss de Florian was
The painting recently sold at an auction for €2.1 million, a world record for the artist.
So my question is: How much will my art work be worth 100 years from now? I think I will put one painting aside, of my
choosing, give my daughter the key and just for good measure leave a personal
note which will read, “Hi honey, here is the key to your inheritance.”