Good lord, is it a Caravaggio? If so, it’s worth not €1,500 but ...

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Good lord, is it a Caravaggio? If so, it’s worth not €1,500 but millions

Painting slated to go under the hammer, but blocked at the last minute on suspicion it may be by the Italian master

Emma Pinedo

Art lovers eager to know whether a mysterious painting discovered in Spain is the work of Italian master Caravaggio must wait a few more months, said the gallery entrusted with establishing who the artist is.

The oil painting of an agonised Christ, currently attributed to an unknown peer of 17th century Spaniard Jose de Ribera, was slated for auction in Madrid earlier this month with a guide price of €1,500.

But Spain blocked the sale at the last minute after experts suggested it might have been the work of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, whose works can fetch millions...

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