Lost painting found in 'Stuart Little'

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Historian Spots Long-Lost Painting While Watching 'Stuart Little'

Having a talking mouse in the house is certainly a rare and special occurrence ... but you can't believe what rare and special item Stuart shared the screen with.

The painting in the background of some scenes turns out to be much more than just a prop.

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Lost painting found in 'Stuart Little'
Hugh Laurie, Rob Minkoff (Orange Hat), Jonathan Lipnicki, Geena Davis, cast, crew and Parks Commissioner (Photo by DMIPhoto/FilmMagic)
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Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki and Geena Davis pose for a family portrait in a scene from the film 'Stuart Little', 1999. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Going by the book, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki and Geena Davis (l. to r.) turn out in Central Park to do their bit for Literacy Week. The book in hand also provides a plug for their new flick, 'Stuart Little 2.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Jonathan Lipnicki, Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis and a young co-star (l. to r.) filming a scene from the movie 'Stuart Little 2' on location at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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Called "Sleeping Lady with Black Vase," the 20th century masterpiece was last seen in 1928 and has since been considered lost, but Gergely Barki, a Hungarian historian recently spotted it while watching the 1999 movie with his daughter.

"I went to the television and tried to clean the screen, is it real?!"

He tracked down the set designer who turned over the art for inspection, and it was authentic. They bought the artwork from an antique shop in California for $500.

The lady and her black vase are expected to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars at an auction on December 13 in Budapest.

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