France bans export of auctioned 24m-euro Cimabue masterpiece

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A tiny painting by 13th-century Florentine painter Cimabue, which was found by chance above a hotplate in the kitchen of an elderly lady in northern France and subsequently bought at an auction for 24 million euros by US-based private collectors, has been refused an export licence by the French authorities who have declared it a 'national treasure'.

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France has blocked the export of a Renaissance masterpiece discovered in a French woman’s kitchen and subsequently auctioned for more than 24 million euros (£20.5m), making it the most expensive medieval painting ever sold, reports The Telegraph.