Taxi driver lucky: a picture with a garage sale turned out to be an expensive masterpiece

The unexpected turn was laid by the fate of a taxi driver from London: the picture he bought at a garage sale for £ 40 (a little less than $ 60) turned out to be ... a masterpiece worth almost a hundred thousand.According to the Daily Mail newspaper, a bright image caught the attention of the driver 30 years ago. The owner asked for the product 60 pounds, but the thrifty buyer knocked down the price to forty.
At home, he hung a 58.4 × 86.3 cm work on the wall in the living room. There she was still until it was time for restoration. The driver took the canvas to the Roseberys auction house.Baba Bishan Singh (presumably), "The City of Amritsar and the Golden Temple", XIX century. Photo: Estimator Bill Forrest (Bill Forrest) said in an interview with artnet News, that the work immediately attracted him. The picture was identified as a 19th century work depicting the historic city of Amritsar in northwestern India. In the background is the Golden Temple, the most revered religious building of the Sikhs. “The painting was not signed, but we are sure that its author is Baba Bishan Singh,” Forrest added.

Singh belonged to the family of artists who were responsible for the preservation of the frescoes on the walls of the temple. The works of this painter aroused interest in the world during his lifetime, in particular, in the second half of the XIX century. Most likely, they were shown at the Exhibition of Arts and Industry in Punjab in 1864.
Left: Baba Bishan Singh, "Self-Portrait", second half of the XIX century. Photo: artnet

The picture with the image of Amritsar auction house Roseberys sold by auction for an impressive 92 thousand 250 pounds (133.5 thousand dollars). She ranked second among the most expensive works of the master - after the "Yard of Ranjit Singhbishen Singh", sold at Christie's auction in 2008 for 133.25 thousand pounds (over 232 thousand dollars).Baba Bishan Singh, "The Court of Ranjit Singhbishen Singh", ca. 1864 (gouache Gouache (from French. Gouache - wet) - a type of painting using matte water-soluble paints. They are also called this term. Gouache appeared in the XI century, when glue and whitewash were added to watercolors to achieve greater density. Its texture creates opaque the image can overlap "unfortunate" places. In the Middle Ages, gouache paints were created miniatures in books. Renaissance artists used them for sketches. In Russia, gouache became popular among poster artists. In easel painting it is used for decorative elements, in combination with ink or watercolor. Gouache work not only on paper, but also on canvas, plywood, fabric. The paint is first applied with a thin flee and then overlapped with a thick one. There is artistic and poster gouache. The latter is characterized by high saturation Read further, paper, 37.5 × 51.9 cm). Photo: sikhfoundation.orgIt is interesting that a taxi driver, whose name was not disclosed, was not ready for a similar result. “He was in a bad mood that day: the car had a flat tire,” Forrest said. “And when we called to report that we had just sold this picture, he was speechless.”