UNCG Campus Weekly

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Her $10 thrift store find may fetch $20,000

The brief email came to the attention of one of the Weatherspoon’s education curators: someone’s friend had purchased two paintings from the Oak Ridge Goodwill and discovered a Weatherspoon label on the back of one of them. A little research by the lucky purchaser showed that works by one of the artists, Ilya Bolotowsky, command upwards of $25,000. Did the Weatherspoon know anything about how this painting had ended up at Goodwill?

Suffice it to say, the email sent museum staff into its own research mode. Was this really a Bolotowsky, and how did it end up with a Weatherspoon label on it?

They determined that works by Ilya Bolotowsky had been in six of the Weatherspoon’s “Art on Paper” exhibitions, including 1979. All works in “Art on Paper“ are available for purchase, but only works on paper are included in those exhibitions and the work of art she had purchased, “Vertical Diamond,” is a painting on canvas.

Heather Moore, registrar at the Weatherspoon, discovered that the painting, “Vertical Diamond,” was loaned by Burlington Industries to the Weatherspoon for the 1979 “Greensboro Collectors” exhibition. It was part of the collection of Burlington Industries, which filed for bankruptcy during the last decade.

A report in the News and Record last week cites the estimated value at $15,000 – 20,000.

See the full story, written by Heather Moore, at the Weatherspoon blog: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/blog/uncategorized/mystery-art-found-at-the-local-goodwill/

Visual: Purchaser Beth Feeback and Steve Feeback with the painting.