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Painting bought in Belgian bar for €500 valued at more than €30 million
A work of art purchased in a bar near Liège for €500 could be a Rembrandt and has been valued at more than €30 million, reported local media SudPresse on Monday.
The painting of Jesus was acquired by a Verviers man around 12 years ago. He had met a person in a bar in Herstal, near Liège, who was crippled by debt. To financially help him, he bought the work, without knowing its true value.
Tipped off by a friend and art lover, the man had the painting evaluated on a number of occasions. According to an artist and restorer, the canvas ‘Ecce homo’ possesses numerous characteristics of works by the 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt.
A member of the Belgian chamber of art experts said the painting was an “exceptional” work and valued it at over €30m. The happy owner has decided to sell it and plans to invest in his favourite football club.
Photo: Self-portrait of Rembrandt wearing a gold chain / Getty Images