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Hidden Treasure: $9K Artwork Bought for $12 at Goodwill


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Carrie
- 603 days ago - news.msn.com
"Red Nose" just meant a reindeer named Rudolph to Karen Mallet until she bought a print by that name for $12.34 at a Goodwill store in Milwaukee. It turned out to be a lithograph by American artist Alexander Calder worth $9,000.



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Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:03 pm
My husband and I visited our local art gallery today, and the print this woman purchased certainly resembles some of the "works of art" we saw. Her $12 investment certainly earned her a big profit! Even so, beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
 

Christeen Anderson (452)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 5:42 am
You just never know when you are going to get lucky.
 

. (3)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 10:12 am
She sure looks happy, I bet she keeps it. Suzanne is right, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 12:20 pm
I have heard of this kind of thing happening occasionally. Just goes to show that thrift shops can be treasure troves.
 

Carrie B. (305)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 12:38 pm
I think we have all heard about these great finds, but they never seem to happen to us. Bummer!
 

Jen S. (108)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 12:51 pm
Calder's painting is an acquired taste though I like some of his mobile installations. I envy the owner's good luck.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:26 pm
Some people have all the luck!! Art is in the eye of the beholder for sure on this one. Although there are a few stories that are sad, but with happy endings, like the husband that took his old runners to Goodwill not realizing that his wife had put their savings in the toe of the right runner. Goodwill hung onto the money, and about a
week later a woman came into the store with tears in her eyes and asked if some runners had come in with money stuck inside the toe and she got it back! What about the lady that bought a D-table from a garage sale and went to auction with the twins from Antiques Roadshow, and the table sold for a quarter of a million.

 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 2:34 pm
My brother has been a high end antiques dealer for over 29 years. Stories like these happen all the time. Don't think my brother doesn't periodically walk through The Salvation Army store .
 

paul Breeden (0)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 4:09 pm
I love Calder's mobiles.
 

John S. (297)
Friday December 7, 2012, 4:27 am
Lucky, bad taste, but lucky.
 

John Gregoire (257)
Friday December 7, 2012, 5:31 am
Concur with john S. -lucky folks-horrible taste.
 
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