Renoir Painting Found by Virginia Woman in Flea Market

According to The Washington Post, a Virginia woman found a painting by renowned impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir at a flea shop for a mere seven dollars. The painting is dated 1879 and is titled “Paysage Bords de Seine,” or “Landscape on the Banks of the Seine.” It sat in her shed for two years until she took it to Alexandria-based auction house Potomack Company for appraisal. The auction house predicts the painting could sell for as much as $100,000. “This is definitely an extraordinary case, especially because of the woman’s colorful story,” Elizabeth Wainstein, Potomack’s owner, said. “Usually when people have things that we’re able to authenticate, they aren’t pieces by such recognized artists or [of] such historical value.”

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