Cheap Drawing Turns Out to Be Something Altogether Different

Cheap Drawing Turns Out to Be Something Altogether Different

( – When people pass away, their families sometimes sell much of their belongings to raise money for funeral costs, make space, or just get rid of it altogether. Unfortunately, the people selling those items don’t always know what they have. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

In 1503 a man by the name of Albrecht Dürer drew a picture titled “The Virgin and Child with a Flower on a Grassy Bank.” A few details of his paintings made them easy to distinguish from other works or forgeries: the first being the monogram “AD,” and the second being the trident watermark paper, which Dürer used in over 200 of his pieces.

At some point, a man by the name of Jean-Paul Carlhian, an architect living in Concord, MA, acquired ownership of the artwork. He died in 2012, and his wife followed three short years later.

His daughters held an estate sale, as many people do after the death of a loved one. When someone asked to buy the picture, the two daughters sold it for $30. After all, they never believed their father when he said it was authentic and assumed it was fake. However, the sketch was worth more than they could’ve ever imagined.

Clifford Schorer, a senior partner for Agnews, a London art dealer, believes that the piece could sell for a record price. Schorer arranged for the current owner of the work to receive an advance of $100,000 and get the rest of an undisclosed amount after they finish the transaction.

Experts believe the drawing, which is over 500 years old, could be worth as much as $50 million to the right buyer. So be sure to always double and triple check the items you intend to sell because they could be worth a fortune. And listen to your parents; sometimes they really do know best!

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