It’s the hope of most of garage sale enthusiasts – a cheap find turns into a flea market fortune. That’s exactly the case for a woman who was recently doing a little bargain hunting in the Shenandoah Valley.
After purchasing an assorted box of artwork, it turns out the lucky buyer (who is trying to remain anonymous) may have landed herself an original Renoir. The painting cost her about $60. It could be worth $100,000.
The woman, who spoke with ABC7 by phone Monday, bid for a box of item but didn't know what she had bought, at first.
"I noticed the frame on this picture and I liked the frame. I bid $7 and I won the box," she says.
The Potomack Company in Alexandria is scheduled to auction off the piece at the end of the month. It’s called “Paysage Bords de Seine” and experts who’ve seen the painting all agree that it’s an original.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known for his use of saturated colors, realism and natural compositions. The woman who purchased the flea market painting said she was attracted to the frame, but took interest in the painting after she saw a Renoir plaque on it.
The work is just 5.5 by 9 inches in size.
"I'm living proof you don't know what you get in a box,” the woman who discovered the painting says. “One man's trash is another man's treasure."