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Thrift store painting turns out to be priceless artwork

You know what they say: One’s man trash is another man’s treasure.

A man bought a painting for $125 at a thrift store that turned out to be a priceless work of art.

UPI reports how William Pugh—an assistant professor of practice for the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security—was browsing through the thrift store in Covington, Ga., with his wife.

Pugh eventually came upon a painting depicting the biblical story of Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden, and suspected it was an original work by African American artist Keith Bankston due to the signature at the bottom, placing its estimated worth far above the $125 price tag.

University Publication, pugh-donates-painting-to-tubman-museum.html”USTA Today, continues to report how Pugh “wasted no time” in contacting a director of exhibitions for the Tubman African Museum in Macon, Jeff Bruce, after purchasing the painting.

“I really like it,” says Pugh. “But something like this—by a known artist in Georgia—would provide the most benefit in a museum in Georgia where everyone else can enjoy it.”

“Keith Bankston is a beloved figure in the art community in Macon,” explains Bruce. “His story is a kind of tragic tale of what could have been—of great potential that was never fully realized due to the AIDS epidemic.

“His light was just beginning to shine, so we honor the promise of his talent by collecting and exhibiting his work, and by sharing the story of his short but impactful career with young people in Middle Georgia, as well as visitors from across the country.”

The estimated value of the artwork has yet to be confirmed.

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