1. A Picasso Poster – $7,000
One day in 2012, Zachary Bodish, an avid thrifter, entered a Goodwill in Columbus, Ohio, searching for some kitschy art to resell. Eventually, after some meticulous searching, he stumbled upon a poster advertising a 1958 Picasso exhibition. Bodish loved the advertisement and picked it up for just $14.14.
As soon as he got home, Bodish started researching the poster. While investigating, Bolish realized he had bought a linocut poster created by Picasso himself! Furthermore, Picasso only produced 100 of these prints. On the back of the painting, Bodish found the words “original print, signed proof” in French in the back. “I started shaking a little bit,” Bodish recalled later. After having the print authenticated, he sold it for $7,000 in a private sale, the most valuable of his many thrift store finds.
2. All Quiet on the Western Front – $18,000
Laura Stouffer, an art dealer and collector, loves nabbing some great thrift store finds. On a visit to a thrift store in Summerville, South Carolina back in 2007, she came upon a small print of “Shepherd’s Call,” a painting completed in the mid-1800s. She genuinely liked, and it didn’t cost much, so she purchased the item and took it home.
Back at home, Stouffer started looking at the painting in a little bit closer. That’s when she noticed it hid something far more valuable. Stouffer discovered that a lithograph of an original movie poster for the film All Quiet on the Western Front hid underneath the canvas. After a careful extraction, Stouffer had the lithograph appraised: its worth a whopping $18,000!
3. Chinese Libation Cup – $75,000
An anonymous Australian shopper walked into a Sidney thrift store, and an intricately-carved wooden cup immediately caught his attention. He saw that the store only wanted $4 for the wooden cup, so decided to pick it up for himself. Afterward, due to the cup’s design, the buyer decided to look into its origins to determine its worth. Well, it turns out $4 was quite the bargain!
After conducting some extensive research, he determined that he had bought a 17th-century libation cup from China. Furthermore, the extraordinary object was not wood, but rather polished rhino horn! Afterward, the lucky buyer took the cup to auction and sold it for the staggering amount of 75,640 Australian dollars.