During the World War II in 1939, the Germans invaded Paris. Many people were forced to evacuate from their homes and head south to freedom.
Most of those families who fled will never be able to see their houses and all their belongings again, it will all be lost to the destruction of the ongoing war.
But now, decades later, one family was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to reclaim their home and their legacy.
Years after Madame de Florian’s passing, her family discovered that she has been paying rent on the exact same apartment in Paris that she fled from when she was much younger.
Madame de Florian was only 23 years old when she left her beloved home in Paris during the 1939 invasion of France.
During that time, the Germans were advancing towards the city, and her family had to leave everything behind.
She built her new home outside of Nazi-occupied France in the free zone, but never got the chance to return to her old apartment again.
It wasn’t until her death in 2010 that her family discovered that she was still paying rent on the very apartment she had abandoned.
An auctioneer, Olivier Choppin-Janvry was sent to inventory her abandoned home, and what he found out was beyond their wildest dreams.
Inside the apartment, they found priceless art and countless other items that offer an extremely rare glimpse into the past.
Madame de Florian’s vanity mirror still waits for her, complete with potions and lotions of all sorts.
A vintage Porky Pig hangs out with Mickey Mouse in one corner, waiting for a child to play with them once more.
This amazing painting from the Belle Epoque-Era of Madame de Florian’s mother, Marthe, was done by none other than the Italian legend, Giovanni Boldini.
This painting of Boldini ended up selling for $3.4 Million at an auction. The juicy revelation that the two had once been lovers on piqued more interest in the artwork.
The entire apartment is a beautiful, yet tragic memorial to a lost era.
It’s just like opening a time capsule that was locked for 70 years.