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$3 Goodwill Thrift Store Purchase of Painting Earns 81 year old $190K At Auction

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Published on Mar 7, 2012

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A year and a half ago, an 81-year-old man stopped by a Goodwill store in Anderson County, SC., and bought a painting for $3. Last week, he sold it for $190,000.
The man, who only wants to be known by his middle name 'Leroy', told WISV.com that he only bought the painting because he thought it might be worth "$100 or a couple hundred on the Internet". His daughter-in-law, however, thought the painting might be worth a little more. She visited the Antiques Roadshow and got an initial appraisal of $20,000 to $30,000.
Over the weekend, at an auction house in Massachusetts, the painting -- which turned out to be a Flemish work of art from 1650 -- sold for over 60 times that. "It's the biggest find I've ever had," said Leroy, a former antiques dealer and avid thrift store shopper. "I can only thank Goodwill for that." Leroy will split the money with his son and daughter-in-law, and use his portion of the profits for some home improvement.

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