It was initially re-discovered in a Norwegian attic sometime in the 1990’s but was rejected as a fake because of its lack of a signature. However, forensic evidence concluded that the painting was indeed authentic.
When asked why the painting had remained hidden for all those years, it replied that it went up into the attic off the mantle in 1940 when the Nazi’s came to town and that no one ever told it they had left. As far as the painting knew, it was still WWII until sometime in the 1990’s someone came up and got him.
Honestly though, this is an important piece of work from one of the greatest Dutch masters to have painted. It will likely sell for tens of millions at auction and we can only hope that it will end up in a museum rather than on the wall of a Japanese office building, in Vegas, or some private collection somewhere.