Nazis occupy Paris. Lady fed up and leaves for south of France. Never returns but keeps paying rent. Dies at 91. Nobody goes into her apartment until recently, when it was found untouched since her departure 70 years before. A photo shoot of her apartment as she left it in 1942 elicits one word. Wow!
Madame de Florian, its owner, was an actress and socialite. A painting of her by Giovanni Boldini, her lover, was sold for millions after its discovery in her apartment (which she owned but paid rent on, or association fees, until she died) in 2010. It is the only thing that was dusted off. It remains a mystery why she never returned to the apartment. Ah! … the painting!?
Here is a description of the apartment after it was found with all her decoration intact. I enjoyed especially seeing, several photographs down in the story, her Mickey Mouse because we recently got an identical item for our son Billy, 4, to help him recover from his recent tonsillectomy. No ostrich, though, son!