The 13th-century artist "Christ Mocked" who taught Giotto is estimated to be worth $ 4.6 million.
The artists said Monday that an old Renaissance masterpiece of the Valentine master Cimabue was found in an old lady kitchen in a village near Paris.
They said that this work is owned by an old lady in the French village of Compiegne and hangs between the kitchen and the living room.
It was just above the hotplate for cooking food.
This painting is thought to be part of Deep Ditch, dating back to 1280 when Cimabue painted eight scenes depicting Christ's passion and crucifixion.
Two other scenes of this work are hung in London's National Gallery ("An angel and a child with two angels") and New York's Frick Collection ("Christ's Flag").
The scenes of the National Gallery have disappeared for centuries and were only discovered when the British nobility left their ancestors in Suffolk.
It was given to the country in 2000.
The old master of French painting thought it was an old religious icon when she brought value to local auctioneers.
Early Renaissance art was heavily influenced by Byzantine art, and today it is still produced in a style similar to paint paint.
But testing with infrared, as with Cimabue's other known works, "did not argue that the paintings were made with the same hands," art expert Eric Turquin said.
October 27 goes hammered at the Acteon auction in Senlis, northern Paris.
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