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Updated December 18th, 2023 at 19:52 IST

$4 vase bought from a Virginia thrift store fetches over $100,000 at an auction

A thrift store hunter hit a jackpot after a glass vase she bought for $3.99 at a local Goodwill charity shop was sold for more than $100,000 at an auction.

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Antique vase fetches $100,000
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A thrift store hunter hit a jackpot after a glass vase she bought for $3.99 at a local Goodwill charity shop was sold for more than $100,000 at an auction. The piece she got from the store turned out to be a rare and valuable Italian glassware. According to The New York Times, a woman named Jessica Vincent had bought the item at a Goodwill thrift store in Hanover, Virginia. After buying the piece, she had an inkling that it might have been worth more than usual. 

“I had a sense that it might be a $1,000 or $2,000 piece, but I had no clue how good it actually was until I did a little bit more research,” she told The New York Times. Soon after buying the item, Vincent noticed that a small ‘M’ was written on its bottom which she suspected might stand for Murano, an Italian island near Venice which is known for glasswork. After she joined a Facebook group to ask for advice on the matter, Vincent was told that the vase could be an artwork created by renowned Italian architect and designer Carlo Scarpa.

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The lucky vase

After a lot of contemplation, one of Vincent's friends advised her to send the photographs of the vase to Wright Auction House. After looking at the photograph, Richard Wright, the president of the auction house said that he “had a good feeling” that the vase could be part of the “Pennellate” series that the artist designed in the 1940s. “If it had a chip — even a small chip — it would have probably sold for under $10,000,” Wright told The New York Times. “This was like a winning lottery ticket," he added. Last week, the vase was auctioned to an unidentified private art collector in Europe, The Independent reported. “I knew I wanted to get it back in the art world. They didn’t know it existed,” Ms Vincent said after getting $83,500 from the auction.  “I feel like I saved it from obscurity," she added.

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Published December 18th, 2023 at 19:51 IST

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