$3 Goodwill purchase fetches $190K at auction
ANDERSON, S.C. — A South Carolina man says a painting he purchased at a Goodwill store ended up fetching him $190,000 at an auction.
The 81-year-old man, who identified himself only as Leroy in an interview with WYFF, said he frequents Goodwill and other thrift stores, but this was his biggest find ever. The framed oil painting grabbed his attention during a trip to the Goodwill store on South Main Street in Anderson about 18 months ago.
Leroy, who is a former antiques dealer from Massachusetts, said he thought the frame looked like it was from the 1800s and was worth about $50 by itself. He thought the entire painting would earn him between $100 and $200 on eBay and decided to purchase it in the store for $3.
One appraisal estimated the painting, which turned out to be from 1650, was worth between $20,000 and $30,000. But at an auction on Saturday, the 362-year-old painting sold for $190,000.
Leroy was told the painting originated from a Flemish school in Amsterdam.