Still searching for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? It's out there ... just have to search for it.
An Ohio man went to the Volunteers of America Thrift Store in Clintonville, Ohio, recently looking for furniture for his home. While there shopping around, he came upon a stack of posters and other artwork. Rummaging through the artwork he came upon a $14 print signed by the famous artist Pablo Picasso.
Turns out, Picasso created the print for the annual pottery show for the city of Vallauris, France, in 1958.
The original owner that donated the print to the thrift store had recently decided to rearrange his home when he donated the work, not knowing it was worth $6,000.
Man's $5 garage sale find worth $2 million
A man in North Carolina recently paid $5 for a painting of the 1930s singer and actor Rudy Valee. Turns out, the painting was painted by pop artist Andy Warhol when he was 10 or 11 years old. The buyer said that he does not intend to sell the artwork appraised at $2 million. Instead, he wants to put on display in an exhibit for everyone to see.
Local auction prices
1902 photograph, two boys riding on a Marietta street car, $21.
Whiskey bottle, pint size, marked Atherton Fine whiskey, Curt Ellston, 120 Maple St., Marietta, $20.
Cabinet photo, dated Feb. 13, 1948, Marietta, Ohio, Company 1, 148th Ohio National Guard, $10.
Boy Scout uniform, 1953, Parkersburg Jamboree Camp Kootaga, $26.
Cigarette lighter (Zippo) advertising Union Slag Corporation, Marietta, $10.50.
Atlas, 1845 Atlas of Washington County, $15.
Cookie jar, 9-inch "Popeye the Sailor Man" bust cookie jar, American Bisque, Williamstown, $502.
Cookie jar, 10-inch Olive Oyl bust, American Bisque, Williamstown, $510.
Yearbook, 1987 Parkersburg Catholic High School, $22.50.
Hotel Key Quality Motel, Green Acres, Parkersburg, $9.25.
License topper, Parkersburg Automobile Club, $30.
Bank, cast iron metal, Bulldog Bank marked Parkersburg National Bank, $32.
Spoon (sterling silver) picture of Blennerhassett Mansion, Parkersburg, $32.
Larry Koon is the author of several price guide books on antiques and collectibles. His column appears every Monday on Life. Send letters to Treasure in the Attic, c/o The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane, Marietta 45750; or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. When writing, send a complete description of the item, along with size, color, any markings on the item along with condition the item is in, and how the item was obtained, and any other information. If possible, send a photograph. Letters will be answered through this column.