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Painting found in trash sells for 1 mln dlrs
uusjio | November 21, 2007 at 01:55 amby
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A painting found in a pile of trash on a New York street sold at Sotheby's auction house late Tuesday for a million dollars, nearly 20 years after it was stolen from a warehouse in Texas.
"Tres personajes" ("Three People") a 1970 work by Rufino Tamayo, one of Mexico's best known artists, was bagged for 1.049,000 dollars by a north American buyer who fought off a telephone bidder, the auction house said.
It had been saved from the garbage by Elizabeth Gibson, who spotted the work while out walking one morning in 2003.
"It was a Saturday morning. I went out for a coffee at 7:00 am. I saw it on the sidewalk among black plastic garbage bags," she told AFP ahead of the sale.