Who will take Gustave Courbet's Grande Baigneuse this Saturday, June 4? Will it join a private collection or fly to the walls of a museum abroad? Johann Naldi, who bought this large nude at auction ten years ago for the modest sum of 650 euros, will not be in Touraine at the Château d'Artigny where the sale takes place, but in his house in the Paris suburbs behind his computer from where he will follow the auction.
What prognosis does he make for this incredible find now estimated between 300,000 and 500,000 euros? "None, it's a huge gamble," replies the gallery owner with a broad smile. Sitting at the table of his dining room where the famous painting has enthroned for years on the family fireplace, Johann Naldi - friendly quadra with azure blue eyes and silver beard - is a funny art dealer. Nothing predestined him to embrace this career. Without a diploma in hand, nor family lineage. His only assets, an insatiable curiosity and an incredible flair
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