Apartment, completely unused since 1942, discovered in Paris

I absolutely love stuff like this. Wish I could have been a French-speaking fly on the wall as they dug through the apartment.

Back in 2010 a Parisian apartment on the Right Bank, near the Opéra Garnier, left unoccupied since 1942 was discovered. It was owned by Madame de Florian – a socialite and an actress – who fled to the South of France during the second world war, leaving everything behind. She never came back to Paris but kept on paying her rent until the day she died when she was 91.

It’s only after she died that someone – a Commissaire Priseur – Auctioneer – re-enter her apartment for the first time in over 70 years.



  • DanielSw

    Possessions are imbued with life and value by their owners. But when the owners depart, they revert to “dust.” Artifacts of a period long gone.

  • Moeskido

    I can imagine there are a lot of movie-set designers who’d pay real money to tour this apartment and take lots of pictures.

  • James
  • Nic

    Ok, so? That’s it? No pictures? No more info? No links? And also old news? Come on

    • Mike

      Click on the original article for pics. I gather you’re new here :)

  • Piper

    Pictures would be nice.

  • Fedele

    Pics pics pics

  • Dani

    Would love pictures…..opens up the imagination..what was on the shelves and in the kitchen??