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$3 Goodwill Store Purchase of Flemish Painting Earns 81 year old $190K At Auction

This story goes to show that persistence pays off and it paid off very well for this retired antique dealer from South Carolina. His watchful eye earned him a huge payday.

A year and a half ago, an 81-year-old man stopped by a Goodwill store in Anderson County, SC., and bought a painting for $3. Last week, he sold it for $190,000.
The man, who only wants to be known by his middle name 'Leroy', told that he only bought the painting because he thought it might be worth "$100 or a couple hundred on the Internet". His daughter-in-law, however, thought the painting might be worth a little more. She visited the Antiques Roadshow and got an initial appraisal of $20,000 to $30,000.
Over the weekend, at an auction house in Massachusetts, the painting which turned out to be a Flemish work of art from 1650 sold for over 60 times that. "It's the biggest find I've ever had," said Leroy, a former antiques dealer and avid thrift store shopper. "I can only thank Goodwill for that." Leroy will split the money with his son and daughter-in-law, and use his portion of the profits for some home improvement.

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Reader Comments  (1) | March 16th 2012 at 1331901091

That's what we're all looking for. I probably wouldn't recognize it though.

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