January 25, 2009

Goodwill painting to sell for $5,300+

A Goodwill official says a donated painting uncovered at the non-profit organization's warehouse in Nashville will sell for more than $5,300.

Susan McCullen, the manager of a Goodwill auction Web site, said she discovered the profitable donation sitting amidst scores of other donated items in the warehouse, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Sunday.

I'm always on the lookout for the Hope Diamond of whatever we can sell, the shopgoodwill.com manager said. I'm just so happy that I found it this time.

The painting turned out to be more than a century old and the work of the late 19th century Massachusetts painter Ellsworth Woodward.

After placing the valuable painting up for auction, bidding quickly escalated the initial $500 cost to $5,311. The online auction was to end Sunday night.

Suzanne Kay-Pittman, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee public relations manager, told The Tennessean the sale is ground-breaking for Goodwill.

This is the most expensive piece we've ever sold on shopgoodwill.com, Kay-Pittman said. We feel like this honors the painting and the donor.