Workers prepare to hang "Judith Beheading Holofernes," believed to have been painted by Caravaggio (1571-1610), at Paris' Drouot auction house, June 14, 2019.
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Art expert Eric Turquin is not only convinced that a canvas found in the attic of an old house in southwest France is a Caravaggio -- he actually believes it is a revolutionary masterpiece. France's leading authority on Old Masters paintings has staked his reputation on the assertion that the work -- left forgotten under an old mattress for 100 years -- is the fiery Italian artist's lost "Judith and Holofernes". The painting, depicting a grisly biblical scene of the beautiful Jewish widow Judith beheading a sleeping Assyrian general, is on display in Paris before it goes under the hammer June 27 in Toulouse, where it was discovered five years ago. Turquin said it should sell for 100 million to 150 million euros (up to $170 million).Turquin said the painting marked a turning point in Caravaggio's development as an artist.
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