Lost Renoir Painting Worth $100000 Unwittingly Bought for $7 at Flea Market
A Virginia woman stands to become $100000 richer after unwittingly purchasing a lost Renoir painting for $7 at a flea market. The Shenadoah Valley resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought the painting along with a plastic cow from a market a year and a half ago and was going to remove the landscape painting from its frame when her mother advised her to get it checked by an expert. Taking the picture to Virginia auction house Potomack Company, specialists there became convinced the painting was genuine and referred it the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC which confirmed their opinion. Dated from the late 1870's the painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is entitled 'Paysage Bords de Seine' and the small pastel coloured river scene painting is 5.5 inches high and 9 inches long. 'You just see it and you know it's right,' said Norton Craner, Potomack's fine arts specialist who formerly worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The owner, who wishes to be known by the name 'Renoir Girl', told Craner that she was only interested in the frame, which has 'Renoir' clearly embossed on it. 'She liked the look of the frame, and started tearing off the paper on the back, and her mum told her to stop,' said Ms Craner. Upon the discovery of the artwork, Ms Craner went to work on the history of the painting. She found that it was purchased from the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in France in 1925 and sold to Herbet May, the husband of Sadie A. May, a Maryland collector of art. However <b>...</b>
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