An early renaissance painting of Christ being mocked on his way to being crucified was recently discovered hanging in the home of a French woman who had no idea it was a masterpiece. On Sunday it sold for $27 million.
The painting, “Christ Mocked,” was done by Cimabue of Florence in the 13th century. According to Dominique Le Coent, head of the Actéon auction house in Senlis, this work of art is the only one of Cimabue that has ever come to market.
The woman who owned the painting before it was auctioned off said that the painting never attracted much attention as it hung for decades in her kitchen.