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Titian Chips

by | 6th, July 2004

‘WHEN Norwegian art dealer Reidar Osen saw a portrait of a woman 23 years ago, he thought he’d buy it because he liked the frame.

Now he has been told the picture itself could be a copy of the famous Flora portrait by Renaissance master Titian and worth a staggering £35 million.

Mr Osen said he was shocked when a visiting American art dealer noticed the painting and offered him millions for it – he’d always considered the painting pleasant, but ‘worthless’.

However, first tests on the painting have shown that it is about 400 years old and Mr Osen is hoping it turns out to be a duplicate of the famous painting created in Titian’s workshop in the early 16th Century.’

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