$10 Goodwill Buy: $15K Painting

Sotheby's to auction Ilya Bolotowsky work
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 23, 2012 11:27 AM CDT
Updated Jul 28, 2012 12:49 PM CDT
Pedestrians walk past the Goodwill store in Moline, Ill., on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Dispatch, Paul Colletti)

(Newser) – During a visit to Goodwill, a North Carolina artist spotted two large abstract paintings selling for $10 each. That's a quarter of the price a brand new canvas would have cost Beth Feeback, and she figured she could easily paint over them with her subject of choice—cats with big eyes. Good thing she didn't: After Googling the name found on the frame of one painting at a fellow artist's recommendation, Feeback learned that Ilya Bolotowsky was actually a well-established 20th-century painter.

Feeback told Sotheby's about the find, and they said they'd be willing to auction it off—for an estimated price of $15,000 to $20,000, the Charlotte Observer reports. Now Feeback, whose own career hasn't been particularly lucrative, is eagerly awaiting the painting's planned Sept. 21 sale.

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