Initial tests bode well for art mad dad trying to prove he’s found Manet masterpiece worth £100 million

Rad Novakovic believes that he bought a painting by Manet for �110
Rad Novakovic believes that he bought a painting by Manet for �110

An art mad dad who believes that he bought a master work by Manet for £110 is one step closer to having the painting authenticated.

After being convinced that the bargain painting was created by Edouard Manet in the last months of his life, Rad Novakovic enlisted the help of Cranfield University boffins to authenticate the work.

And initial tests have already proved that the self-portrait is the right age to have been painted by the artist as he was dying from syphilis in 1883.

If the work is authenticated it would secure Manet’s title as the father of modern art, and be worth up to £100million.

Mr Novakovic, who lives in Bedgrove, said: “I’m really pleased to be working with Cranfield, because if it is what I think it is they will prove it.

“They took an initial testing and were really pleased with the signals and I will visit them again in three weeks.

“There has always been this debate about who the father of modern art is.

“If this work is authenticated it would settle the argument.”

Mr Novakovic bought the painting for £110 in a lot of two at London’s Southgate Auction Rooms five years ago.

He has researched the self-portrait ever since, and believes that the pigments used in the paint can be matched to the great artist’s other works at the time.

He said: “There are a lot of experts in the art world that will disagree with you.

“Some are not willing to agree with it because of their reputations.

“But if it is authenticated by these scientific tests it could be worth £100million, which would be completely life-changing for us.”