Saturday, 8 September 2012

Renoir In Flea Market

Here's a case worthy of Fake or Fortune. Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Paysage Bords De Seine was found in a box of goodies bought in a Virginia flea market for $50. The Potomack Company, an auction house in Alexandria, Virginia, estimates its value between $75,000 and $100,000 (£62,500) and is putting it up for sale on 29 September. The firm's art expert established that the painting is in the catalogue raisonné, that it was bought from the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in France in 1925 and later sold to Herbert May, husband of US collector Saidie A. May. How it ended up in a flea market is anyone's guess. CLICK for a BBC video. CLICK for the full story in The New York Times.


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