A framed copy of a painting believed by some to be a 16th-century work by Michelangelo, as seen Oct. 13, 2010.
Courtesy of Martin Kober via AP
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Martin Kober is convinced the painting of a dying Jesus that hung above the mantel in his upstate New York childhood home is the work of Michelangelo. Getting experts to agree remains the $300 million hurdle. That's the potential value of the 48x64-centimeter work that Kober's family affectionately calls the "the Mike," a onetime living room fixture that occasionally got dinged by a thrown tennis ball and once fell from the wall while being dusted.Kober says the museums and experts that have resisted his painting have not examined the piece or fully considered the historical and scientific evidence, much of which is spelled out in a 2014 book, "The Ragusa Pieta: History and Restoration".One of the painting's strongest champions is Italian art historian and restorer Antonio Forcellino, who has examined the painting and wrote about it in 2011's "The Lost Michelangelos".
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