Apparently they just discovered this apartment that hadn't been touched for 71 years. When the lady, who owed the apartment died, her heirs had it reopened and found a wealth of treasure. This Parisian apartment was like a time capsule. No one knows why she fled. Maybe because the Nazis where coming but check out some of these photos:
At the time the woman in the photo was a mystery besides some ribbon bound love letters.
Talk about a great visual for a historical romance.
Later, this is what the article says some experts think:
...With some expert historical opinion, the ribbon-bound love letters were quickly recognized as the calling card of none other than Giovanni Boldini, one of Paris’ most important painters of the Belle Époque. The painting was his. The beautiful woman pictured in the painting was Mrs. de Florian’s grand-mother, Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque. She was Boldini’s muse. And, despite him being a married man, she was also his lover. The art world went a bit nutty for the whole story and the painting was later sold for $3 million at auction...
Isn't that amazing?
Love stories like this. Fascinating and also so intriguing.