$50 gets you a box of toys and maybe a Renoir at a flea market
Renoir’s Paysage Bords de Seine
A painting bought at a flea market in the US may turn out to be a rare bargain – a work by French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
It was bought by a woman as part of a box lot that included a doll and a plastic cow, and cost about $50.
She took it to a Virginia auction house where experts said they believed it was Renoir’s Paysage Bords de Seine – a river scene – from about 1879.
The auctioneers expect it to sell for up to $100,000 later this month.
I have got to start going to flea markets, again. I wonder if there’s an app tracking successful painters who lived and worked here in Santa Fe back in the days before they made it big?