Paris Flat a Time Capsule of WWII-Era Art

Posted: Apr. 24th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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A flat in Paris has recently been discovered to hold a veritable time capsule of art and relics from pre-WWII. Once the war started to hit France, the owner, Marthe de Florian, escaped and seemingly left everything behind, which has been valued in the millions.

As a young woman in the 1930s, Marthe de Florian lived in a flat near Paris' Trinité church, a sweet spot right between the city's Pigalle red light district and the Opera. When World War II began to roil, she fled the house for Southern France, and in the decades that passed, she never returned. When de Florian died at the age of 91 in 2010, professionals tallying up her belongings discovered her city house, now a dust-shrouded time capsule of the year she left. According to the Telegraph, those who saw it for the first time said it was like "stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty, where time had stood still."

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