Well, who'd have thought it?
For years it sat on a farmhouse wall gathering dust.
And when Fiona McLaren redecorated, she didn't even take the time to cover the apparently worthless painting in a protective sheet, so it got flicked in specks of paint.
However, in an astounding twist it has emerged that the picture is likely to have been the work of master artist Leonardo da Vinci and worth over £100million.
The striking portrait, which shows woman embracing a young child, was nearly assigned to the rubbish tip on several occasions, but facing financial difficulties Ms McLaren, 59, from Scotland decided to take the painting to an expert for a valuation.
Auctioneer Harry Robertson, the director of Sotheby's in Scotland, gasped when he saw the art 23ins by 28ins work which had hung on a landing and in a bedroom in London for decades, before being transferred to Scotland when Ms McLaren and her mother moved into a farmhouse
'I showed it to him [Mr Robertson] and he was staggered, speechless save for a sigh of exclamation,' said Ms McLaren, according to The People.
I may be gone for some time - I have to dust the painting and take them for a little outing (I should be so lucky, to have even one hanging around
Still, I did discover I had an ancient Lucifer holder I had been staring at for years in a box of junk, and then recently discovered what it was. A genuine antique The lost da Vinci: Is this painting found in Scottish farmhouse one of master's lost works? | Mail Online