A Florida woman joins the ranks of surprised art owners who discover their piece is more than it seemed:
[O]n April 15, a painting that Newman snapped up 15 years ago for $200 at a Cleveland estate sale fetched $155,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London. Newman is pleasantly stunned, not only by the sum, but because she is finally able to know more about the artist who painted the piece. […] Erol Akyavas, a contemporary Turkish artist who lived from 1932 to 1999. When Newman examined his other works online, she felt they were similar to what was hanging over her stereo cabinet. When she zoomed in on the artist’s signature, she was increasingly confident. She took photographs of the piece and emailed them to respected international auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Within two days, she heard back. Both were interested in the painting. Christie’s wanted the Erol for its Dubai auction, and Sotheby’s for London.
Erol Who? (NaplesNews.com)