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Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:37 PM

Renoir painting found at US flea market

Source: AP

A woman who paid $7 (4) for a box of trinkets at a West Virginia flea market two years ago apparently acquired an original painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir without knowing it.

The woman considered discarding the painting to salvage its frame, but instead made an appointment to have it evaluated in July by the Potomack Co. auction house in Alexandria, Virginia, said its fine arts director Anne Norton Craner.

When the woman pulled the painting out of a garbage bag she carried it in, Craner was nearly certain the painting was a Renoir with its distinct colours, light and brushwork. A plaque on the front labelled it "Renoir."

"My gut said that it was right, but you have to then check," Craner said.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/13/renoir-painting-flea-market-virginia



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alp227 Sep 2012 OP
elleng Sep 2012 #1
awoke_in_2003 Sep 2012 #6
TheDebbieDee Sep 2012 #2
underpants Sep 2012 #10
geckosfeet Sep 2012 #3
AsahinaKimi Sep 2012 #4
Mnemosyne Sep 2012 #5
Pachamama Sep 2012 #7
hunter Sep 2012 #8
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alphafemale Sep 2012 #11

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:45 PM

1. Nice! West Virginia!

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 03:14 AM

6. I was going to post...

the same thing. "west Virginia, mountain mama, take me home, country roads"

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:45 PM

2. Wow! That IS one helluva frame.........

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Response to TheDebbieDee (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 08:26 PM

10. Yeah it says "Renoir" on it and everything

THAT should have been a sign


--just kidding.

Great story.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:48 PM

3. great story - that looks like a frame from a museum or formal collection

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:58 PM

4. Is this what happens

to some stolen paintings? Ending up in a flea market? wow....

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:59 PM

5. Last seen in 1926. How cool. nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 09:36 AM

7. Who is Renny Wahr?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 10:40 AM

8. These stories always make me a little sad...

... because the history has got to be sad.

Maybe there's an older person who knows what a painting is who suffers dementia or dies suddenly and nobody else knows what they've got. Or maybe there's a nasty family breakup and stuff gets put into a storage locker which is then auctioned off, etc...

My own parents knew their parents had some important family heirlooms (no Renoirs, mostly just things like family photos) but it took years for them to sort everything out. One of my grandmas became a reclusive hoarder and her stuff was especially difficult. She kept many things in styrofoam fast food boxes. Some of these boxes had money, jewelry and keepsakes in them, others had half-eaten mummified lunches or junk mail. Every styrofoam box, and there were hundreds, had to be sorted through...

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:54 PM

9. What a great find!!!

I love yard sales and flea markets, but I have yet to find something so valuable.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 08:40 PM

11. I'm trying to picture the look on that appraisers face

When she pulled a Renoir out of a garbage bag.

I didn't read the link but my guess is it was stolen long upon ago?

In which case she should be compensated (very well) but it should be returned.

om edit.

OK I read the link. So probably not stolen, Just lost in a sense There's no way an original Renoir is worth only $75K though. I'd say ten times that....easily.

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