Million dollar Painting Found In Garbage

By Meera Dolasia on December 3, 2007

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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!


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  • grace33322290Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:36 am
    so cool i am going dumpster diving. NOT
    • hc3
      hc3Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm
      Go look for paintings in garbage piles! NOT!
      • sprinklesThursday, May 26, 2016 at 11:47 am
        interesting! :D
        • bluebear8Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:09 am
          i am speechless
          • zackboy10
            zackboy10Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:43 am
            WHAT WHAT WHAT I'm just wowed😱
            • jelly yt Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 6:22 am
              • kppop
                kppopThursday, October 15, 2015 at 9:07 pm
                Whoa!!! I am just speechless
                • unknown122
                  unknown122Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 6:23 am
                  YEA IM THE ONE WHO FOUND IT I"M RICH
                  • thumsup
                    thumsupMonday, June 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm
                    Lol, the thief must have been really bad at his job if he steals something really valuable just to throw it out.
                    • bigmelo
                      bigmeloSunday, June 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm
                      Oh, boy. Whoever threw this painting out clearly missed out on a grand opportunity. :D

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