A Maryland woman didn’t recognize the priceless painting when she bought it in a box of knick knacks for seven dollars in a West Virginia flea market.
She only hoped the gold frame might be worth something. But her mother urged her to take the small landscape to an appraiser.
It turned out to be a 1879 Renoir, the French impressionist masterpiece that’s been missing since the 1920s, entitled “Paysage Bords de Seine”.
Yahoo News reports the woman plans to take her mother to France after the auction and will make an effort to take some flowers to Renoir’s grave.
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