COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — Thrift stores have often been a popular hunting ground for collectors, but few of them find anything of worth, except for one man.
Zach Bodish, a 46-year-old University District resident, purchased what turned out to be an original Picasso print at a Volunteers of America thrift store in Clintonville for $14.14, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Initially, Bodish thought that the print was a reproduction, but he noticed on the corner there was a red signature and after some research he realized that he owned an original artist proof.
“I started shaking a little bit,” Bodish told the paper. “I realized it wasn’t going to make me rich, but still, how often do you find a Picasso?”
Bodish’s print turned out to be a linocut in which Picasso himself carved a design into a linoleum block. The block was inked and pressed into paper.
The print had other signs that it was more than just a reproduction. Written in pencil was an edition number and “original print, signed proof” written in French on the poster.
The print’s worth could go up to $6,000 and could double in a gallery. Original prints of Picasso are more common than his paintings, but autographed editions aren’t as easily found.
The paper reports that Picasso created this piece in 1958 for an Easter exhibit of his ceramic work in southern France.
Bodish isn’t sure on what he’s going to do with his treasure. He was laid off from his job two years ago, and is currently looking for full-time work.
“There’s a good chance I’ll probably sell it,” he told The Dispatch. “I want to keep it, but money is tight.”
Despite him scoring an original Picasso, Bodish is not a true fan of the print.
“I have to admit,” he told the paper, “brown is not my favorite color.”