Magnolias on Gold Velvet Cloth
Found in Indiana for $30, along with a few pieces of used furniture, the purchaser, who wishes to remain anonymous, originally bought the painting to cover a hole in a wall that was bugging him. Some years later, while enjoying the board game Masterpiece, similar photos of his painting within the game made him curious, so he decided to do some research. Finding Kennedy Galleries in Manhattan, who handles most of this artist's work, they came to the conclusion that the painting was authenticate. As it turns out, the painting was one from nineteenth century painter, Martin Johnson Heade. In 1999, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, purchased the painting for $1.25 million dollars.