The Mike 

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Since he was a child, Martin Kolber had been told by his parents that the painting hanging over their fireplace was a real Michelangelo. His family “never had the time to document its history”, however, so it simply hung on their wall and later sat hidden behind a couch.

Now, art historians are paying attention, with some believing the painting really is the work of Michelangelo. If so, it could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Kober says his years of research on the painting were worth it. “With my chemical makeup as a retired fighter pilot and triathlon athlete, I wasn’t going to give up on this. If you quit, you go home with nothing.”

Yes. It took just 7 years since his retirement and an entire life of “not having enough time”, but he finally did it.


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