DENVER – Buyers can find wonderful treasures in thrift stores. A man from Colorado found a treasure he created 21 years ago.
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Jacob Hansen said he recently searched a goodwill store in Denver in hopes of finding a baking dish for a food train to aid a friend battling breast cancer. KUSA reported. He found the dish, but also discovered a painting he had drawn for a high school art exhibition 21 years ago.
“I look back at the back of the shop and see this painting and I said, ‘Ah, that looks familiar,” Hansen, an interior designer, told the TV station. “It looks a lot like the picture I took.”
It was. Hansen’s painting of sunflowers and other foliage hung on a back wall with his signature. Hansen said he was a 14-year-old freshman to Golden High School and sold the piece for about $ 150 after his art teacher put it on an art exhibition in Jefferson County. KUSA reported.
“I think it was the first work of art that I had on a show,” Hansen told the television station. “It was always a nice memory to look back on something that I actually created and sold.
“As we got closer and closer, I saw the sunflower and the can and the light brown colors that I remembered. I saw my signature on the bottom and then it was like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ And I immediately gave my mother FaceTime. “
Hansen’s wife Quinn Kelsey was also surprised.
“We couldn’t believe it,” said Kelsey KUSA. “He says, ‘Do you remember the painting I told you about, that I sold when I was a kid and my mother never forgave me? I think that’s it. ‘”
The couple bought the artwork for $ 20 and are hoping to sell it online, with the proceeds going to be used for breast cancer research, the broadcaster reported.
“It’s a little thing we can do to help a big cause. So if we’re able to keep that feeling and emotion in others, that’s great,” said Hansen KUSA.
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