The disclosure of a thirteenth Century Cimabue painting over an old lady’s hotplate in northern France dazed the craftsmanship world and now the legislature has chosen it is a national fortune.

France has banished the fare of Christ Mocked for 30 months to enable time to raise assets to get it for the country.

Found in September, it was sold at closeout the next month for €24m (£20m; $27m).

Cimabue, otherwise called Cenni di Pepo, was a urgent pre-Renaissance craftsman.


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