Above is a 2010 photo of a 19th century flat in Paris that had not been touched or seen by the outside world since the owner left it locked in the year 1940.
This story first broke in 2010, but it is absolutely captivating so I MUST put it out there on my blog in case anyone else has not yet heard of it.
The woman who lived in this apartment reportedly fled for the south of France as the Nazi’s invaded Paris during the Fall of France in the Second World War. She left all her possessions and those that were passed down to her when she acquired the flat from her grandmother. She continued to pay rental/maintenance fees but kept the apartment locked and shuttered. She never returned to Paris.
When the woman died at the age of 91 in 2010, her heirs had her estate inventoried for liquidation.