A painting by one of Europe's old masters has been found hanging in a Johannesburg, South Africa, home. Peter Paul Rubens' "Portrait of a Gentleman" was owned by a German-Jewish doctor, who secreted it out of Nazi Germany when he fled in the 1930s.
Patients hid his art for him, to avoid the looting that often befell Jewish art collections, until he made arrangements to get safely to South Africa; once there, the masterpiece hung on his wall until his death, Quartz reports.
Last year, the doctor's family approached an auction house about the painting they had always referred to as the "funny old man," and last week news of its rediscovery surfaced.
Rubens, one of Europe's most influential and celebrated Baroque painters, lived between 1577 and 1640. The oil on oak panel painting is believed to have been painted by the Flemish master between 1598 and 1609, and has been in several countries with multiple owners since then.
It is on silent auction with the Stephan Welz & Co auction house until Friday, and is expected to sell for between $370,000 and $592,000.
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