A painting fell off the wall and went to preservation. It turns out to be a long-lost Rembrandt worth up to $ 240 million

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Art historians have discovered a long-lost painting by Rembrandt van Rijn in Rome.

The paintings, The Adoration of the Magi, is said to come from the years 1632 to 1633. Scholars have long believed that only copies of the picture survived, including well-known examples in Gothenburg, Sweden, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

The work had long been owned by a family who had no idea that it was a real Rembrandt until it was repaired in 2016 by art restorer Antonella di Francesco after a wall fall.

“It’s a thrill that is second to none,” said Di Francesco in a statement about the discovery.

The art historian Marco Mascolo unveiled the newly ascribed painting at a Rembrandt symposium in the Villa Medici in Rome.

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Rembrandt van Rijn, The Adoration of the Magi (1632–33), detail. Courtesy of the Fondazione Patrimonio Italia.

During the restoration, Di Francesco removed centuries of varnish to reveal the original bright colors of the work, confirming her suspicions that it was a real Rembrandt.

“Finding a Rembrandt in Italy doesn’t happen every day,” Guido Talarico, president of the Italian Heritage Foundation, which organized the symposium, told London Times.

The family who own the work want to keep it but lend it to museums and galleries, Talarico told CNN.

According to ANSA, an Italian news agency, the potential value of the work is between $ 83.7 million and $ 239 million. Rembrandt’s auction record was £ 20.2 million ($ 33.25 million) when a work by the artist was sold at Christie’s London in 2009, according to the Artnet Price Database.

The process of rebuilding.  Photo: Rijksmuseum / Reinier Gerritsen.

The process of reconstructing the trimmed edges of Rembrandts The night watch. Photo: Rijksmuseum / Reinier Gerritsen.

It was an exciting week for fans of the Dutch Golden Age artist when the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam unveiled a replica of Rembrandt The night watch Using AI to recreate fragments of the massive canvas, the edges of which were trimmed over 300 years ago

And last year two possible new Rembrandt works came to light: one that is believed to be a copy in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and another in the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania, previously dismissed as a work by the artist’s workshop.

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