The Ilya Bolotowsky painting
Hunting for cheap canvases one day in 2012, Beth Feeback, a hard-up artist from North Carolina, made a beeline for her local charity shop and snagged a couple of oil paintings for $9.99 (£7.64), which she intended to paint over. Thankfully, before Feeback attempted to paint over one of the pictures, a knowledgeable friend recognised it as the work of abstract artist Ilya Bolotowsky. Feeback put the painting up for auction at Sotheby's not long after, where it fetched more than $34,000 (£26,000).
25 February 2019