Trash turns out to be $1M stolen treasure

Four years ago, Elizabeth Gibson saw a painting in the trash on a Manhattan street. She took the abstract tableau home because it “had a strange power.”

After three years, it came to light that the painting she found was Three People, a 1970 work by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo that was stolen 20 years ago, the New York Times reports. She hid the painting behind a false wall in her apartment until she could get an art expert to confirm what the painting was.

Gibson will get a $15,000 finder’s reward, and the original owner of the painting is putting Three People up for auction Nov. 20 at Sotheby’s, where it’s expected to fetch $1 million.

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