NEWS IN BRIEF
A painting believed to be by the Renaissance master Caravaggio has been found in an attic on the outskirts of Toulouse. The painting, thought to be worth around €120m, was discovered by accident when the family had cause to fix a leak in the ceiling. France has placed an export ban on the 400-year-old wellpreserved canvas that depicts a scene from the Book of Judith, keeping it in the country to carry out investigations. The Louvre museum in Paris has so far spent three weeks examining the painting.
A hamlet in France’s Jura mountains is being put up for auction for the price of just €150,000. Once home to 200 people, Baudin, in the commune of Toulouse-leChateâu now has just two residents in the 2.2-hectare village that features a 19thcentury presbytery, fountain and shops. Local authorities purchased the village in 2013 with the hope of transforming it into a tourist spot but were unable to afford the restoration costs, estimated at €20m. The historic hamlet will be sold to the highest bidder at a five-day auction.