A Rare $178M Caravaggio Painting Found in an Attic
on 12 April 2016
After climbing into the attic to check on a leak, the owners of a home discovered a rare painting by Italian master painter Caravaggio estimated to be worth $178 million. Experts believe the painting—which depicts the heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general—was completed around 1604 in Rome and was probably forgotten in the attic, preserving it for over 150 years. French authorities have barred it from leaving the country due to its historical significance.