A man paid $3 for an oil painting and ended up making a tidy profit. Preferring to stay anonymous, but willing to share his good fortune, a South Carolina man, tells his story to local media.
According to WYFF Channel 4, the 81-year-old Anderson County man, who only identifies himself as "Leroy", bought a painting at Goodwill for $3, thinking he could sell it for "maybe $100 or couple of hundred on the Internet."
It turns out he netted a lot more than that.
He purchased the painting about 18 months ago reported MyFox Channel 8.
Upon getting an appraisal, Leroy learned the painting was crafted in 1650 and was told the piece originated from a Flemish school in Amsterdam. The centuries-old painting was sold this past weekend in a Massachusetts auction house. It sold for a whopping $190,000.
Leroy told WYFF, "It's the biggest find I've ever had. It's that one thing you're always looking for. I'd like to get the big one. Well, that was the big one. I can only thank Goodwill for that."
Leroy has some experience. He is a former antiques dealer, and now spends his time shopping in thrift stores. Those who routinely peruse what others have donated and/or discarded know that sometimes true treasure is found, like the man who bought glass slides at a garage sale for $45 and later learned their true worth was $200 million.
"I might not know exactly what it is worth, I just know whether it's a good piece or it is not a good piece. And that's what happened with the painting, I didn't realize 1650 was the age of it. For that age, great picture. Great picture," Leroy told the TV station.
Reportedly, Leroy's painting will be featured on Antiques Roadshow next month.
Not bad for a $3 investment.