The works of celebrated 19th century painter Winslow Homer, including his iconic images of Maine's coast, can fetch small fortunes. But one of his paintings spent time in an Irish dump before it was found and years later, authenticated as the real deal. The watercolor was scheduled to be auctioned off today by Sotheby's in New York for about $300,000, but at the last minute got pulled off the auction block . To tell us the unusual story of this painting -- a painting very different from the Homer works we know and love -- we have Thomas Denenberg, chief curator of the Portland Museum of Art, which houses the Winslow Homer gallery.For those stuck at work and unable to listen, here is an article about the abrupt change in route of the painting, over at the London Eventing Standard: click here.
As DownEast.com comments, "Given Homer's fixation with painting seascapes — both tranquil and raging — it's ironic that the missing Homer painting should be, er, netted by a fisherman." [Source]