Based on Yahoo! Information, Maria Rivera, the Goodwill worker who discovered the dear Giovanni Battista Torriglia portray, occurred to have seen a equally styled portrait in a museum earlier. With the type of portray nonetheless recent in her reminiscence, she determined to pluck the Torriglia portray from the donation pile and place it with different objects that could be of worth.
“When merchandise is donated, our manufacturing managers are instructed to put aside something that they suppose could be of considerable worth,” chief advertising and marketing officer of Goodwill of Higher Washington, Brendan Hurley, informed the Washington Put up.
“I didn’t know the way a lot on the time, however I knew we had some cash right here,” stated Rivera of her discovery. Had some cash, they did. When Hurley took the portray to Murphy Kuhnert, a Georgetown artwork consulting agency, the portray was estimated to be price about $12,000.
The portray was ultimately put up for public sale on Goodwill’s public sale website, the place bids reached as excessive as $4,505 earlier than reporters stopped following the story. No matter what the portray earned, Goodwill acknowledged that every one proceeds would go to its job-training program.