Martha washed the frame ...In 2012, former physical education teacher Marta Fuqua told the world a story about buying a box of trash at a flea market. Together with a plastic doll and a cow in a box for $ 7 (according to other sources - for $ 50), she got some kind of picture: so, some kind of daubling, but gilded frame with curls, Martha liked. And Martha's mother liked the inscription on the frame: “Renoir. 1841-1919. After some thought, the discovery was given for examination by The Potomack Company. The specialist found the name of the painting on the back and found this name in the catalog of Renoir's works. To guarantee it, he consulted at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and a colleague - a recognized expert on the works of the famous impressionist, and delighted Martha. Renoir is authentic! But there are nuances: most likely, this canvas from the collection of the Baltimore Art Museum. In 1926, he was sold at the Paris Gallerie Bernheim-Jeune to the Baltimore lawyer Herbert May, and the philanthropist subsequently donated him (and about 300 other paintings) to the Baltimore Museum. And from there the masterpiece was stolen: the picture disappeared from the exhibition “from Ingres to Gauguin”, and it sunk into the water.
"Honest cash" and crime.
Resourceful Martha, as an honest buyer, decides to resell the picture: the auction was scheduled for the end of September 2013 at The Potomack Company's auction house (Alexandria, Virginia).