A long-lost marble masterpiece by sculptor Auguste Rodin is to go under the hammer in Paris.
Andromeda was exhibited to high acclaim in 1888, the year it was made. But over the years, art historians lost all trace of it.
The sculpture turned out to have been in the hands of the same family in Spain for 130 years.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) DIRECTOR OF ARTCURIAL'S IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART DEPARTMENT, BRUNO JAUBERT, SAYING:
"What makes the rather exceptional characteristic of this one, of 'Andromeda', is that it stayed in the same family for 130 years. Meaning the family who received it as a present from Rodin in 1888, from generation to generation, conserved it until 2017, when we found it - my colleague Stephane Aubert and myself - in Spain, during an inventory."
Rodin's portrayal of Andromeda, a beauty from Greek myth, is considered very modern. Instead of depicting her on the point of being sacrificed and devoured by a sea monster, Rodin captured a moment of psychological angst.
She's expected to fetch 800,000 to a million euros.