CONCORD, N.C. -- A painting purchased by a Concord woman for $10 at a Goodwill was recently auctioned off for nearly $35,000 in New York.
The winning bid at Sotheby s New York for Ilya Bolotowsky s Vertical Diamonds was $34,375. The owner of the influential Russian artist s painting, Beth Feeback, will receive $27,000. Not a bad deal, considering Feeback only paid $10 for it.
Feeback, an artist who specializes in painting cats, actually purchased the large piece at Goodwill for its canvas and planned to paint over it. A friend encouraged her to look up the artist s name on the back of the painting and contact an art gallery about its worth.
She told NBC Charlotte in July that the auctioneers expected Vertical Diamonds to fetch between $15-20,000. Feeback said she hoped to use the money to pay down debts and make improvements on her home.