First, let me begin by saying THANK YOU! I received so many beautiful and heartfelt comments and emails yesterday about my blog Anniversary. I am humbled by your kindness and your compliments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Recently, this still life painting sold at a Massachusetts auction house for $190,000.00! What is significant about this piece of news is that the owner of this painting purchased it 18 months ago at his local South Carolina Goodwill for $3.00. Leroy, a former antiques dealer had been perusing his local Goodwill and noticed the frame of this painting. When he got it home he thought perhaps it may be worth a bit more, so her researched similar still life’s on eBay and decided he could sell it for $100.00. His daughter- in- law had other ideas so she took it to the Antiques Roadshow and they recognized it as a 1650 Flemish painting and gave a conservative estimate of $30,000. It turns out that they were all wrong because on March 2, 2012 at auction the painting sold for $190,00!
Can you imagine one of your treasures turning out to be a Flemish work of art? Or perhaps the work of Ansel Adams? That was a story that took the art world by storm in 2010. Rick Norsigian, an artist/construction worker purchased the negatives 10 years ago at a garage sale, after a few years he hired an art investigator to gather information about the negatives. They were finally authenticated and valued at $200 million dollars!
I have never found anything that turned out to be a Masterpiece but I have found a few treasures and they grace the walls and shelves of my own home. I love perusing antique shops for landscape paintings, old books and my newest obsession…transfer ware.
Tell me, what do you like to look for at the flea markets, antique stores, auctions and thrift shops. Have you found some wonderful treasures like me? Do tell, I am all ears and would love to hear all about them.
Also, if you are looking for a fun chocolate treat come over to my other blog Once Upon A Chocolate Life and recipe for Triple Chocolate Kettle Corn.
I hope that you have a fabulous week!