LONDON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A painting discovered in a storeroom owned by British royalty has been identified a work by famed Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
Caravaggio's "The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew" had been purchased by the Royal Family more than 400 years ago, but was unearthed six years ago at a London storeroom where it apparently lay hidden for decades, said The Telegraph.
"I am convinced it is by Caravaggio," Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures Desmond Shawe-Taylor said Thursday. "We are extremely excited, it's the most important discovery in the collection in the last decade."
Apparently, the painting had been misattributed as a copy of the iconic artist's work and was only identified after Royal Collection experts restored the work to acceptable condition.
The paper said the painting, worth more than $95 million, will join other works of art in the Royal Collection that the queen controls on behalf of the nation.