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The lost ‘Judith Beheading Holofernes’ by Caravaggio

Top French expert stakes reputation on ‘lost’ Caravaggio biblical masterpiece

Eriq Turquin values painting of grisly scene in which Jewish widow Judith beheads sleeping Assyrian general at $170 million; now on show in Paris, it goes on sale June 27.

But although everyone agrees on the quality of the work, a minority of experts — particularly in Italy — have their doubts.

They believe it is a copy made by the Flemish artist Louis Finson, who worked alongside Caravaggio as he painted.