10 Incredible Attic Finds That Will Really Surprise You – Listverse

Unsigned Van Gogh


Photo credit: Vincent van Gogh

What have Picasso, Warhol, Caravaggio, and Van Gogh in common? Yes, they were all great artists, but they also painted paintings that got lost in time and made, when they were rediscovered, their finders immensely rich.

The Sunset at Montmajour was discovered by a Norwegian man in his attic in 2013, but he did not care much for the painting because he thought it to be a fake. By 1991, the owner had already asked experts in the Van Gogh museum for their expertise, and they had decided that the painting was a fake (due to the missing signature). However, several years later and with advanced technology, the painting was examined again. After chemical analysis, X-ray research, and examination of Van Gogh’s letters to his brother, they finally concluded that the painting was a real Van Gogh. They were even able to find out the exact date when it was finished: July 4, 1888.

Just for comparison, Van Gogh’s painting Portrait of Dr. Gachet was sold for $82.5 million.

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