When Ballion passed on in 2004, his assets went to his son Jacques. But when Jacques, too, passed away, in 2013, Ballion’s grandsons became the heirs to his estate.
Arriving at their grandfather’s rundown farm in the west of France, the pair had no idea what was lying in store. But as they explored the countless sheds and outbuildings across the property, they began to realize that something truly special had been uncovered.
Poking out of makeshift shelters and tucked under rusty roofs were scores of decaying relics – the remainders of a collection to which Baillon had dedicated years of his life.