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c. 1599 Caravaggio painting could sell for $171M

A long-lost, and controversial, Caravaggio painting discovered in an attic after more than 100 years will go on the block in France on June 27 — with an estimate of $171 million.

The work, “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” will go on display in London, Paris and New York before it’s auctioned off in Toulouse, where the 1599 work was discovered by auctioneer Marc Labarbe in 2014 when he was helping clear out a client’s attic.

But the authenticity of the work has been debated in art circles: Some art historians have cast doubt, while France’s culture minister has classified it as a national treasure.

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