A long-lost painting by a celebrated Italian artist that was found hanging in the kitchen of an elderly French woman has sold for €24m at auction, setting a new record, BBC News reported.
Cimabue masterpiece found in French kitchen sets auction record
STEPANAKERT, OCTOBER 28, ARTSAKHPRESS: Christ Mocked, by the pre-Renaissance artist Cimabue, was discovered last month in northern France.
The painting was expected to fetch up to €6m at auction.
But the winning bid far exceeded expectations, with the painting fetching four times the estimate.
Acteon Auction House said the sum, paid by an anonymous buyer from northern France, was a new world record for a medieval painting sold at auction.
The owner believed it to be an old religious icon with little value.