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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?

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Written by Ed Campbell

September 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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