HID­DEN TREASURE

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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”.

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