Our first new story of 2014 is not a new one but one that escaped our attention until artist Matthew Rose pointed it out to us. During the same 7 decades, more or less, that American heiress Huguette Clark’s New York apartments lay frozen in time, a sort of Paris version lay moldering in the 9th arrondissement near the Trinite Church. It belonged to Marthe de Florian, and socialite and actress. She fled the fancy flat in 1942, during the War, and never returned–though she continued paying taxes and maintenance on it. No one had been in the apartment for 68 years when, in 2010, de Floirian died, and her estate inherited it. The contents of the apartment, including a portrait of de Florian by Giovanni Boldini, a friends of Edgar Degas. At one time the noted (and married) portrait painter had had an affair with de Florian. The portrait here sold at auction for close to $3 million.
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