Parisian Time Capsule

I couldn’t believe the story when I first read about it: a Parisian time capsule left behind by a French socialite and actress. After suddenly fleeing to the South of France during WWII, Madame de Florian’s lavish Paris apartment was abandoned and locked up with all of her belongings in it. And there it all stayed, just how she left it, until her death in 2010 – completely untouched for 68 years. Among many of the treasures discovered was a never before seen portrait of de Florian’s grandmother by Giovanni Boldini, which eventually sold at auction for $3million dollars. Also discovered were love letters between the artist and her grandmother, persian rugs, furniture and much more. You couldn’t make this story up if you tried!

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(via Apartment Therapy)

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  1. Melodie wrote:

    Absolutely fabulous! I have no words to describe how much I like this house with all these ancient belongins, I just wished I could have enough money to buy them myself in the auction!

    3.19.14
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  2. Mira wrote:

    That apartment is amazing and the painting too. 3 million $ wow. Why can’t I find something like that too 😀

    xx Mira

    http://www.glamdevils.com

    3.19.14
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  3. Lara wrote:
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  4. Viveca wrote:

    That’s incredible. I can’t believe all these things were abandoned for so long. Everythings beautiful!

    http://stainsofpaint.blogspot.com/

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  5. Anita wrote:

    I have no words to describe how much I adore this house!
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  6. Carla wrote:

    Increíble. Es hermoso saber que todas esas antigüedades todavía siguen intactas, una buena forma de perdurar en el tiempo

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  7. Lauren wrote:

    I heard about this, it’s amazing
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  8. Amanda wrote:

    Just when you stop believing in magical stories, something like this comes along. Stokes embers of hope.

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  9. Sarah wrote:

    That painting is absolutely astounding; it’s so dynamic and energetic!

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  10. I love this story! Thank you for sharing this. I would have loved to step inside of that apartment. I agree with Amanda, very magical.

    3.20.14
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  11. Tra Mi wrote:

    I want this place. Now!

    http://thevulgariangirl.blogspot.com/

    3.21.14
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  12. Catherine wrote:

    My inspirations!

    9.23.14
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