It was during a yard sale, when an art teacher said that the big painting she was trying to get rid of might be a masterpiece created by Jackson Pollock. The lady invited an expert to check the painting and the specialist found out a fingerprint of the artist on the canvas. There were no doubts - Jackson Pollock was the artist.
The owner was approached by an art collector, who offered her $2 million for the painting, yet she refused to sell it saying that she would accept no less than $50 million for it. Well, she still owns the painting…
A man decided to buy an old painting at a flea market in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, in 1989. He paid only $4, hoping that he could use the frame. Once he removed the canvas, he saw a folded paper inside hiding the original copy of the Declaration of Independence, dated 1776.
The unique discovery was announced in 1991 by the head of the book and manuscript department at Sotheby’s, David N. Redden. The buyer remained anonymous. Later the same year, the manuscript was auctioned for $2,420,000 at Sotheby’s.