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An Art Expert Noticed This Painting In The Background Of 'Stuart Little' And Freaked Out Immediately

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When you re-watch your favorite movies from your childhood, you usually pick up on one or two things you never noticed.

Maybe there's an adult joke that flew over your head as a kid, or a special effect hidden in plain sight. But there's not many cases where a lost, extremely valuable painting is spotted just sitting in the background of a kids movie.

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It's probably been a while since you watched Stuart Little, so here's a refresher: Michael J. Fox voices the titular New York mouse, who's adopted by a loving, human family. Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie play his new parents, while Jonathan Lipnicki plays his brother.

It takes time for Stuart to adjust to his new home, but when he does the whole family poses for a picture in front of their fireplace. And that's where one art expert noticed something unbelievable.

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Hungarian art historian Gergely Barki was watching the movie with his daughter Lola back in 2009, and says he almost dropped her when he got a good look at the painting above the Little family's mantle.

By chance, Barki had stumbled onto the solution to a 80-year mystery, and made the painting's lucky owner very rich.

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