That charming 19th-century landscape in your living room might be more than just a beautiful painting. It could be an important – and valuable – piece of history. Season after season, Sotheby’s meets lucky consignors who learn that they have had a masterpiece in their midst all along. Hidden away in private collections for decades, or even a century, the works gathered here are notable rediscoveries in the 19th Century European Paintings category that have garnered attention in our New York and London salerooms. Click ahead for the incredible discovery stories behind twelve lots sold in recent years.
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