Painting found in Trash Sells for $1M

  1. Painting Found in Trash Sells for $1M

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    NEW YORK —
    An abstract masterpiece by a Mexican artist that was found in the trash by a woman who knew little about modern art has been sold for more than $1 million.
    The painting "Tres Personajes" by Rufino Tamayo was discovered in 2003 by Elizabeth Gibson, who spotted it on her morning walk on Manhattan's Upper West Side. She said she took it home because "even though I didn't understand it, I knew it had power."
    The brightly colored abstract work was purchased for $1,049,000 by an unidentified private American collector bidding by phone at Sotheby's Latin American Art sale Tuesday night.
    Gibson spent four years trying to find out about the painting, finally discovering on the "Antiques Roadshow" Web site that it had been featured on the popular PBS program and described as a missing masterpiece stolen in 1989.
    Gibson has received a $15,000 reward for turning in "Tres Personajes" and also will get a percentage of the sale price.
    Painted in 1970, "Tres Personajes" was purchased by a Houston collector for $55,000 as a gift for his wife at a Sotheby's auction in 1977. Ten years later, as the couple was moving to a new home, it was stolen from storage.
    The husband has since died, and the widow, who wished to remain anonymous, decided to sell it.
    Tamayo was born in 1899 and died in 1991. His early work has similarities to that of famed 20th century muralist Diego Rivera. His later work features the vivid colors and expressions of his native state of Oaxaca.

    Talk about luck. I would have walked right passed that painting:rolleyes:

  2. I read about this! This serves as a reminder than one person's junk is anothers treasure!

    My husband got upset with me and my collection of Louis Marx toys from the 60's until I sold ONE piece for 300.00.
  3. Great story - thanks
  4. Damn. Nothing in my trash but coffee grinds and dustbunnies. :shrugs:
  5. Thats such a nice story, good for the woman !, I hope she gets alot of money, she did a good thing :smile:
  6. very cool!
  7. I am not a horder at all, but it would be awesome if I collected anything, I mean besides purses, shoes and clothes, that would be worth $1M.
  8. :woohoo:what a great story.
  9. So the guy who stole it threw it away? Or his descendants? and this lady finds it on her walk??? Weird. BUT I'm glad the original owner got it back, yea!!
  10. I'm glad the finder is getting the reward and a percentage of the sale price. Thanks for posting.
  11. Let me start going thru my trash!!!.......I would never be that lucky!