This is a reblog from OOMWAH’s blog on WordPress. I think it is an amazing story. Keep this in mind next time you go ‘bargain hunting’ in a flea market!
A woman from Baltimore, who chooses to remain anonymous, recently purchased a Renoir from a Flea Market in West Virginia. She purchased a box of items for $7 and the painting was included in the box. She claimed she bought the box because of the frame that the picture was in: she really liked that frame.
She takes the painting home, places it in a plastic bag and then puts it in the shed. She then hangs it in her kitchen and then puts it in the back of her car. She decides she is just going to take the painting out of its frame until her mother sees the Renoir signature along with a French gallery label and a stock number.
The anonymous woman then takes the painting to be authenticated at the Potomak Auction House. It is authenticated and is valued at $75000 to $100000. It is expected…
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