Hidden art treasures uncovered, touted to fetch $40m under the hammer

Harry Potter’s parents left him a lot of gold and valuable at the Gringotts Wizarding Bank. And for forty years, art dealer Ambroise Villard left behind a mountain of rare art for art lovers, which will soon go under the hammer. A Parisian art dealer by profession in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Villard had an impressive friend list with names like Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, and Picasso. And after he died heirless, the Societe Generale bank opened his vault to discover 141 masterpieces.

The trove of artwork is touted to earn at least $40 million for Sotheby’s at the auction. The highlight of the auction will be Derain’s bold landscape, expected to earn a whopping $21 million all by itself.

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