May 24, 2008

Takanori Oguiss: Another painting-in-a-dumpster story

“The colors weren’t attractive. The frame was ugly — this just wasn’t anything I could put on my wall and be proud of,” clueless Tammy Bullock said of "Coin De Paris, Rue de Meaux," a Takanori Oguiss painting she found in a Colorado dumpster ten years ago. Oguiss, born in Japan in 1901, lived in Europe where he painted many Parisian and Venetian street scenes. “The painting fit in my closet — I even stored my children’s school papers behind it,” Bullock said. “I almost gave the painting away several times,” she recalled. After hearing a segment on the local TV station about a website that helps people value their belongings, she realized it may be worth something. Bullock expected around $65,000 when she put the painting up for auction at Sotheby's earlier this month, but the final bid was over $100,000. Takanori Oguiss died in Paris in 1986. (via Farm and Dairy)

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