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Gustav Klimt’s long-lost painting, “Portrait of Fraulein Lieser” has been rediscovered. This portrait of a member from a wealthy Austrian Jewish Family is valued at $54million. BBC hailed this discovery as a significant addition to art.
A sensational Find
In the heart Vienna, art lovers are buzzing. Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Fraulein Leiser” has resurfaced after nearly a hundred years. This extraordinary find has captivated not only art lovers but also sparked curiousity about its mysterious background.
The Portrait’s Journey
The history of the masterpiece over the last century remains somewhat enigmatic. We know it came into its current owners’ possession in the 1960s. Its reappearance was a miracle, especially given its artistic and financial value.
Kinsky Auction HouseThe person responsible for the rediscovery of this work has called it a sensation. “To find a work of such rarity, artistic significance, and value is unprecedented in recent decades in the Central European art market,” they stated in a press release.
The painting is on tour around the world in preparation for its April auction. The tour will take it to prestigious locations including the United Kingdom, Switzerland Germany and Hong Kong. This international showcase highlights its global significance as well as the excitement generated in the art world.
The Lieser Family Connection
The portrait was originally owned by the Lieser Family, wealthy Jewish industrialists from Vienna. Ernst Ploil, co-managing director of Kinsky Auction House, shared that there’s no evidence of the artwork being stolen or looted before or during World War II.
In their statement, the auction house mentions, “The painting was listed as lost and likely destroyed during World War II. The painting’s reappearance was completely unexpected.“