Look beneath the surface

“Sold . . . for $250, to the gentleman in the back!”

Years back, listening to the radio while driving, I heard a story about an art collector bidding on a painting at a local auction. From the markings on the back of the canvas, the man had a hunch that the painting he was bidding on could actually be covering a very old and perhaps valuable masterpiece. He took the uninteresting painting by an unknown artist home from the auction house and began at once to remove the painted surface with a mild solution, breaking down the oil paint. As he worked on one corner of the painting, the signature of a famous artist started to appear. He had bought a masterpiece!

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