Louis Mantin was a French gentleman who at the age of 42 inherited a fortune from his father and thenceforth dedicated his life to pleasure, science and the arts. He died in 1905 and his last wish in the testament was that his house should stay sealed 100 years and be reopened as a museum. The mansion was closed up and fell into dilapidation. Now thanks to a 3.5m euro ($4.7m) refit funded by local authorities, it has been returned to its original pristine state. Here are several photos of that remarkable time-capsule.
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