A set of Goya drawings valued at €50,000 have been discovered in a French château.
The series of bullfighting etchings by the Spanish artist was discovered in a library by the owners of the Château de Montigny in Eure-et-Loir in Normandy.
The château’s library was full of ancient books but when the owners looked inside a ledger at the back of one shelf, they found the set of valuable drawings in between the pages. It’s thought that they had been forgotten about for more than 150 years.
Séverine Nackers, head of prints at Sotheby’s, who was auctioning the prints, said they were a “once in a lifetime discovery”. Nackers also said that the prints were being sold “because like most owners of a French château, they need to invest in the building”.