Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In "I Wish That Was Me Who Stumbled On It" News

A woman finds an original Renoir at a flea market.

From a story the New York Times...

The Potomack Company, based in Alexandria, Va., is scheduled to auction off the small pastel-colored painting it believes is Renoir’s “Paysage Bords de Seine” on Sept. 29, and has valued it between $75,000 and $100,000. Anne Norton Craner, Potomack’s fine arts specialist and a former research associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said she researched the 5.5-by-9-inch river scene and is convinced that Renoir painted it.

“You just see it and you know it’s right,” said Ms. Craner. The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, brought the painting to Potomack in a large white plastic bag. “She liked the look of the frame, and started tearing off the paper on the back, and her mum told her to stop,” because it might be worth something, Ms. Craner recounted.

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