Paris Apartment Time Capsule

Appraisers are often called in to provide valuations on properties that have been locked up for many years, sadly it’s often the case the contents have rotted away, victims of damp conditions, insects and rodents.

This one is the exception, a Paris Apartment that had been locked up Circa 1940. The apartment was formerly the property of one Madame Marthe de Florian, a little-known actress who was known to had a collection of well known lovers. When she died in 1939 her apartment was inherited by her granddaughter, Solange Beaugiron.

Solange lived there until it looked like the Germans were on their way to invading Paris. Like many others she locked up her apartment and fled to the south of France. She never returned to Paris, but the rent on the building was paid every month up until her death in 2010 at age 91. Everything the apartment contained, including many paintings, furniture and decorative items remained intact all those years, including a painting of her grandmother Madame Marthe de Florian, which sold for €2.1 million.