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By Nancy Coleman, CNN – Updated 1010 GMT (1810 HKT) June 13, 2017
A Jackson Pollock painting found in an Arizona garage could sell is expected to sell for up to $15 million at auction.
- The Pollock painting is expected to fetch $10 to $15 million at auction
- Auction house owner: “I was like,‘God, that looks like a Jackson Pollock’”
(CNN) The story sounds like something out of a film noir brought to life.
It has every element of a good mystery: a socialite who spent her days mingling with New York’s best and brightest, a lost painting found years later in an unexpected place, and — perhaps most notably — a potential $15 million price tag.
So when a rare Jackson Pollock painting was found in an Arizona garage, figuring out its origins wasn’t just about analyzing brush strokes. Like any good mystery, uncovering the painting’s history took tracking down the people behind it.
‘God, that looks like a Jackson Pollock’
The mystery began with a signed L.A. Lakers poster.
When a Scottsdale, Arizona, man was headed to a retirement home, a neighbor helping with the move found the collectible in the garage and suggested contacting an auctioneer to appraise it.
Josh Levine, owner of the auction house who was called to look at the poster, estimated the signed Lakers memorabilia would be worth about $300. But when they went to the man’s garage, what they found could be 50,000 times more valuable.
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