Virginia woman could earn $100,000 on her $7 purchase of a probably authentic Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting

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Auguste-Pierre Renoir painting Paysage Bords de Seine

The Potomack Company of Alexandria, Virginia, will hold an auction on September 29th and 30th, 2012. The star item will be a painting supposedly by Pierre-Auguste Renoir entitled Paysage Bords de Seine. If the public agrees that it is authentic, it should easily sell within or above the estimated range of $75,000 – $100,000. What makes it so interesting is that the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, paid $7 for it at a flea market in West Virginia in 2010.

According to the researcher at the Potomack Company, the painting was purchased in June, 1925, by a French gallery, Bernheim-Jeune, from Alphonsine Fournaise Papillon, who modeled for Renoir. Then in January, 1926, the gallery sold it to an American named Herbert L. May. What’s not known is how the painting made its way from Mr. May to the flea market in West Virginia. Luckily a black and white photograph of the original painting from the Bernheim-Jeune gallery was available. Careful inspection of the present painting and the photograph showed it was an exact match, including the stock number from the Bernheim-Jeune gallery.

You’ll be able to view the auction catalog at the Potomack Company’s website, The Potomack Company, when it gets closer to the date of the auction. After the sale is over, you’ll be able to do a Google search to see the results, which should be all over the news. My bet is that the final result will exceed $100,000. Good luck to the owner!

No shows in September, but we’ll be back for the Arlington Park Racetrack Show in October. In the meantime, we’ll travel and find great new items. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.

I just purchased this fabulous A. Walter Art Deco pate-de-verre working clock

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and Louis Icart etchings. I will be adding more items this week. Here’s the link.

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