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Suggestion with a story
July 21st, 2008

I was going through recent art suggestions this morning — I learned a long time ago to check that the titles and artists are correct — and this was one of them: The Flower Market by Edouard-Leon Cortes (or Marche aux Fleurs). You may have seen this in the news recently. Someone left it at a Goodwill in Maryland, where the staff would normally price something like this at about $100. However, they noticed that it had an old frame and a brass plaque and checked with Sotheby’s and discovered it was valuable. It later sold at auction for $40,000. Amazing. Things like that are always turning up on Antiques Roadshow — someone brings in a painting that their mother bought at a thrift store for $1 and it turns out to be by an obscure (to me) but highly collectible artist. The question is, why doesn’t it happen to me? When I go to the Blue Hanger all I see is awful trash. There’s apparently a knack (and it probably requires a lot more time at thrift stores than I want to spend).

One Response to “Suggestion with a story”
  1. From Sharon
    12 years, 2 months ago

    My husband & I cannot figure out why some obscure looking things are so valuable while others are not. We saw an unusual looking chair on Antinques Roadshow that was astronomical and it’d be impossible for someone to actually sit in & use! It’s truly something I don’t understand either.

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