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A Painting by an Unknown Artist has Sold for a Hefty Sum After a Student Found it in a Used Sofa

William Tracy

***This post was written using information from Chicago Tribune***

One German student's bargain hunting skills have led to a discovery that would make even the most avid art collector jealous. After purchasing a pullout couch for a mere $215 at a flea market in Berlin, the student found a hidden treasure tucked away inside. A painting worth over 100 times the amount she paid for the sofa was waiting for her within the folds.
"Preparation to Escape to Egypt" is a 10-by-15-inch painting by an unidentified painter close to Carlo Saraceni.Photo byCarlo Saraceni/Kunst Kettler

The painting in question, titled "Preparation to Escape to Egypt," measures just 10 by 15 inches, but its value far exceeds its small size. Auction House Kunst Kettler estimates its worth at an astounding $27,630. The artwork was painted by an unknown artist who was close to Venetian painter Carlo Saraceni, between 1605 and 1620.

The student's find shows how important it is to keep an eye out for hidden treasures in places you wouldn't expect to find them. The art world is full of stories of unexpected discoveries, such as a painting named “Vertical Diamond” by Ilya Bolotowsky that was found in a Goodwill store, or a Picasso's poster in a thrift store. It just goes to show that sometimes the most valuable items can be hiding in plain sight.

The discovery also highlights the importance of knowing the value of what you own. While it's unlikely that most of us will find a hidden masterpiece in our second-hand furniture, it's still important to be aware of the value of our possessions. Who knows? You may have something valuable tucked away in your attic or basement.

For the student, the discovery of the painting is life-changing. With the funds from the sale, she can now focus on her studies without the financial burden that often comes with being a student. It's a reminder that sometimes a stroke of luck can change our lives in unexpected ways.

Overall, the story of what the German student found has caught the attention of people in and out of the art world. It's a reminder that hidden treasures are waiting to be found, and that sometimes the most valuable things in life are the ones we least expect.

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