An etching by Surrealist master Salvador Dali was discovered at a Goodwill in Tacoma, Washington this week. The signed artwork was dropped off by an unidentified donor and was quickly identified by an art-savvy employee. It has since been added to the organization's online auction system, offering the rare find for a bargain $999 starting price, reports The Tacoma News Tribune.
Predictably, the price has soared since news of the Goodwill Dali surfaced. Titled "Reflection," the work was last listed for $10,500 online, with three days left to go.
According to The Seattle Times, it was Federal Way quality-control officer Shea Munroe who noticed Dali's signature on the abandoned donation. She then notified store manager Ed Dopp who contacted the Tacoma online operation to report the find.
Dylan Lippert, an e-sales manager at the Tacoma Goodwill, stated in an e-mail exchange with The Huffington Post that donation attendants are trained to look for higher value items, such as paintings or pieces of artwork. "Anything with a signature or paperwork attached to the back gets a second look," he explained. "After a bit of research It was apparent that [the Dali etching] was indeed something very special."
Lippert wrote that the work has been independently authenticated by Period House Gallery & Appraisal Service in Tacoma, confirming that the etching is part of Dali's "Cycles of Life Suite," numbered 126 of 150 works. A national expert from the Doubletake Gallery in Minnesota named Robert Varner told the The Seattle Times that he believes the work to be the real deal, citing its signature, sequence number, and the original gallery authentication that appears on the etching. In terms of the value, Varner said, “The last one I bought for $500, for inventory,” he said. “I sold it for $650. The book value for the piece –- it’s notoriously high –- is $10,000.”
The Dali joins the ranks of 3,000 other items up for sale on the Goodwill's website. Other high-priced items that have appeared on the site are a Rolex watch donated last year which sold for $900, a Rickenbacker slide guitar which brought in $1,627 and a $12,000 diamond ring. Lippert revealed that the highest item ever sold on Goodwill's auction website was in 2006, when a Frank Weston Benson watercolor fetched a whopping $165,002.
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Calder 'Red Nose' Lithograph Bought At Goodwill Worth $9,000
"Red Nose" just meant a reindeer named Rudolph to Karen Mallet until she bought a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/02/calder-red-nose-lithograph-goodwill_n_2228774.html?utm_hp_ref=arts&ir=Arts">print by that name for $12.34</a> at a Goodwill store in Milwaukee. It turned out to be a lithograph by American artist Alexander Calder worth $9,000. IMAGE: In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 photo, Karen Mallet stands in front of her Alexander Calder print in her Shorewood, Wis., home. Mallet bought the print for $12.34 at a Goodwill thrift store in Milwaukee. It turned out to be a lithograph by the American artist Alexander Calder worth $9,000. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Salvador Dali Etching Found At Goodwill Sells For $21,005 At Online Auction
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/salvador-dali-etching-fou_n_2164427.html">A Salvador Dali etching</a> discovered at a Tacoma Goodwill in 2012 sold for $21,005 on the organization's online auction site. The rare thrift store find, which kicked off the auction at a bargain price of $999, attracted 154 bidders over its two-week long sale.
Renoir Found At Flea Market
Ilya Bolotowsky Painting Found At Goodwill
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/beth-feeback-finds-famous_n_1910678.html">Last summer</a>, North Carolina artist Beth Feeback discovered the Goodwill find of a lifetime, nabbing an authentic abstract painting by Ilya Bolotowsky for only $9.99 at her local thrift shop stop. A few months and a Sotheby's consultation later, ABC News reports that Feeback has sold her find for an impressive $27,000 at auction.
Da Vinci Found in Farmhouse
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/lost-da-vinci-painting-wo_n_1751869.html">A lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci</a> may have been found in a Scottish farmhouse, reported The Daily Mail. The work, thought to be a 500-year-old portait of Madonna and child, is potentially worth over $150 million (£100 million) if experts are able to prove its authenticity.
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Stamp Found At German Flea Market Worth Millions?
Reinhold Hoffmann, a retiree who told the German newspaper Bild that he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/reinhold-hoffmann-german-_n_2023161.html">found a U.S. stamp worth $3 million</a>, may now have a reason to go postal: The Philatelic Foundation said the stamp is worth less than $100.
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