Explorer finds 24 priceless renaissance portraits hidden behind plaster in a palace in Poland

Mail Online | 3/5/2019 | Ed Wight For Mailonline
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A Polish man who spent years unsuccessfully hunting for a mythical 'Nazi gold train' supposedly laden with looted art, has finally had some luck after discovering two dozen priceless renaissance portraits during a renovation.

Piotr Koper had been renovating the walls of an old palace near from Walbrzych in southwest Poland, when he came across the stunning portraits hidden behind plaster.

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Mr Koper made headlines around the world in 2015, when he, along with a fellow explorer, claimed to have found the site of the legendary 'Nazi gold train' - and a year later were proven wrong.

The handyman and part-time explorer has finally 'struck gold' after uncovering the 24 huge wall paintings this week.

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'When we pulled away the plaster we saw a delicate strip of painting underneath. We pulled away some more and we discovered a whole line of well-preserved paintings,' he told local news portal thefirstnews.com.

'We managed to uncover the paintings without damaging them, which is a great success.'

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He added: 'The first well-preserved portrait made on the wall surprised everyone. It was an accidental discovery, we didn't expect to find such a rarity.'

So far, the discovery in the palace in the village of Struga, in the region of Silesia, has revealed around 24 wall portraits, of which only ten have been completely uncovered and identified.

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