French family keepsake up for auction at €24m

Small artwork recognised as lost 13th-century masterpiece

A routine auctioneer’s house clearance turned up a surprise treasure – a painting which has sold at auction for €24million (sale fees included).

The painting by Cimabue, a 13th century painter from Florence, shows a biblical scene of Christ being mocked.

It is small, at just 28cm by 20cm, with paint made of egg yolk ...

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