Million dollar Painting Found In Garbage

By Meera Dolasia on December 3, 2007

Four years ago, on her way to get a cup of coffee, New York resident Elizabeth Gibson spotted an interesting looking painting in the garbage pile. It looked too nice to be thrown away, so she took it home and hung it up on the wall.

Recently, while conducting some research, she realized that the painting was a masterpiece, painted by a famous Mexican artist called Rufino Tamayo. Dubbed Tres Personajes or Three people, it was painted in 1970. It had however been stolen from the owner and would have been destroyed with the trash, had Elizabeth not saved it.

Elizabeth returned the painting to its original owner, who decided to put it up for sale at Sotheby's (an auction company). An American collector purchased the painting on Tuesday, November 20th, for over one million US dollars. Elizabeth received $15,000 as a reward for returning the painting and will also receive a percentage (portion) of the sale price of the painting, as well as, a finder's fee from Sotheby's. So next time you are walking around, keep your eyes open - you never know what you may find!

Sources: NYT.com, BBC.Co.uk

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  • rhiannonhayesmcqueen
    rhiannonhayesmcqueenSaturday, February 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    WOW
    • picklethenickle
      picklethenickleWednesday, February 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm
      What kind of person would do something like that If I had that painting I would at least put it in my basement.
      • mindstorms
        mindstormsFriday, January 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm
        If i had that, I'd be rich
        • cokelover5
          cokelover5Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7:57 am
          i wish i found that painting
          • juanThursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:45 pm
            why could we find that panting in the tharsh
            • minecrafter22Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm
              why would someone put that in the grabage.
              • softballgurl444
                softballgurl444Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 8:30 am
                she lucky that she saw it or she wouldn't have been $15,000 richer
                • gymnastics_rox
                  gymnastics_roxWednesday, December 10, 2014 at 8:30 am
                  this is one honest lady!!! :) super cool
                  • puglover67
                    puglover67Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 8:16 am
                    Cool that was some good luck for her!
                    • besoy101
                      besoy101Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm
                      mad luck

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