CONCORD, N.C.: Ilya Bolotwsky was a famed 20th-century abstract painter who taught humanities and fine arts at Southampton College. And on Friday, North Carolina artist Beth Feeback unknowingly purchased his “Vertical Diamond” painting for the bargain price of $9.99. Feeback entered a consignment shop hoping to find a canvas that she could recycle to use for her own work. But at the urging of a friend, Feeback did some research before painting over it and discovered its true value—about $20,000, according to Sotheby’s. The work should hit the auction block on September 21. Could Hamptonites be so lucky to have our own trash-to-treasure story? Hit one of the area’s great consignment shops or flee markets to find out!
Bolotowsky Painting Found at Goodwill
August 2, 2012 by The Scoop