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Rarely do we have an opportunity to rediscover the past with fresh eyes and an untainted perspective. Think about the last time you experienced a walk into the past (and we're not talking about accidentally stumbling upon a movie set in Soho). It's rarely done. Most noteworthy works of art or glorified "time capsules" are curated, distanced from admirers behind a yellow tape line at the museum, or relocated to a private museum house off the beaten path. Low and behold, a Parisian apartment left completely untouched since 1942 was discovered by a  Commissaire Priseur, after Madame de Florian, a socialite and an actress,  died in 2010. Here we get an opportunity to see how Madame de Florian lived during one of the darkest times in Paris, an experience art lovers and history buffs rarely ever get.

This real-estate story sounds almost like a fairy tale or the beginning of a big Hollywood production. Back in 2010 a Parisian apartment on the Right Bank, near the Opéra Garnier, left unoccupied since 1942 was discovered. It was owned by Madame de Florian – a socialite and an actress – who fled to the South of France during the second world war, leaving everything behind. She never came back to Paris but kept on paying her rent until the day she died when she was 91. It’s only after she died that someone – a Commissaire Priseur – Auctioneer – re-enter her apartment for the first time in over 70 years.

“There was a smell of old dust,” said Olivier Choppin-Janvry who made the discovery. Walking under high wooden ceilings, past an old wood stove and stone sink in the kitchen, he spotted a stuffed ostrich and a Mickey Mouse toy dating from before the war. Taxidermy pieces were commonly found throughout Mme de Florian’s apartment. It was common to have taxidermy in one’s home back in the day, in fact, having a few as home decor was a sign of affluence.
Read the full article via 1942 ‘Time Capsule’ Apartment Discovered In Paris – BELLO.

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