FOUND - Goya Prints May Fetch $617,000

Hidden for Decades in an Antique Book

Goya print
1 of 33 Bullfighting themed prints discovered (Source: Sotheby's)

March 22, 2017
By James Massey

LONDON, UK (VIDEO) - Sotheby's reports, a rare set of Francisco Goya (1746 - 1828) etchings have been found at a French Château where they were discovered hidden away inside an antique book. The prints are estimated to fetch up to $617,000 (£500,000) at auction this spring.

The 33 prints, on the art of bullfighting, are approximately 200 years old. They sat undisturbed for decades inside a nineteenth-century ledger before they were accidentally discovered.

The Sotheby's article stated; "The prints were discovered when new heirs inspecting the family property pulled a large nondescript volume from the back of a library shelf, full of splendid bindings."

The discovery is remarkable, because Francisco Goya is thought to be the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His long and successful career as a romantic painter, and printmaker, chronicled the era of his time like no one else.

The complete set of 33 etchings will be sold in London at Sotheby's Prints & Multiples auction on April 4, 2017... Auction Lot Link


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