Man Finds Picasso Original In Thrift Store

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.”

  • Pete

    Unsurprising that people in Columbus, Ohio, do not recognize culture when they see it.

    • Elizabeth Hildinger

      That was gratuitously nasty. What’s wrong with you?

      • Robert

        Elizabeth, I couldn’t have said it any better.

  • Gator

    I’m not an Ohio native or a fan, but I recognize negative cynicism and self righteous contempt when I see them. In the event you didn’t know, one of the world’s three greatest symphony orchestras is located in Ohio. Look it up!

  • ned slone

    Take it to South Beach art fair & get big bucks. 60 minutes last night had a story people spending big bucks on trash art. At least this is a known artist.

    • noname

      There is a great movie available on Netflix. The title is “Fake”.
      Before marveling at the occasion, do yourself a favor and watch it.

  • joe

    Pete is a very cultured fellow–you have to excuse him. Maybe he’s from Minneapolis or somewhere very hoity toity.

  • Robert

    I see they took the comment out. Too bad, whoever said that needs to hear a few more rebuttals,

  • Cal

    Who is this Picasso – He’ll never amount to anything – trust me.

    • Mike Martin

      He was that guy with two eyes on one side of his nose.
      Don’t know why women threw themselves at him.

      • Bob

        Yea, he just sat there licking his eyebrow…

  • pateriot

    $14. for a Picasso? I’d say he overpaid!…except that some other fool will really overpay for it! If my kid brought this home from art class in first grade I might put it on my refridgerator…but just because I love my kid!

    • Bubba

      You have a talented and unappreciated child.

    • Detex

      haha, you wish your kid could paint like Picasso. Look up his early work before you poke fun at his “ability.”

  • Garr Obo

    How many suckers have paid lots of money for Picasso’s? Just as many of the painting, water colors or etchings this guy has put out. Obviously, he used a lot of drugs in his lifetime which caused him to revert to around eight years old when he was working. This guy was one of the greatest con men in history. As P.T. Barnum said…………………

    • Artlover from Md.

      Piccasso was a genius ( look at his earlier work) but his later stuff was GARBAGE! He had a malevolent sense of humor and once his reputation was set he made CRAP and knew that pretentious collectors would pay piles of money for . Picasso had talent, but he trivialized it. A bigger con was Pollack–he had NO TALENT but he’s in all the great museums. (He’s the one who’s art is a swirling mass of drips on canvas–can’t be distinguished from something an energetic three year old might do.) It is heartening to read the comments here and to see not everyone is taken in by shyksters.

    • Ya Ya

      Picasso was also known for paying for EVERYTHING by check, including home furnishings, taking a huge party of friends out to dinner, etc because he knew that no one ever cashed his check because they wanted his signature. Add ‘crook’ to the list!

      • swissik

        I doubt that checks were in use during Picasso’s life, maybe he wrote IOUs while his guests paid the bills.

      • Salmon

        That story is true, but it wasn’t Picasso, it was Salvador Dali.

      • Bubba

        How does that make him a crook. He paid but people valued his signature more than the monetary value of the check.

    • Marc

      What have you created?

      • Lynn

        I agree. I never “got” Picasso. I paint, and his art does look like anything done in 2nd. grade. My kids work was always better.

      • Gerry

        How is your question relevant to Garr Obo’s criticism?

  • Richard

    I admit I am no Art expert…if you think figuring out and appreciating Picasso is tough, take a visit to the Salvadore Dali museum here in S.W. Florida!
    Good luck Mr. Bodish…get what you can!

    • swissik

      Dali’s talent lay in designing fashions for the old Paris fashionhouses of his time. Quite interesting, he went through several phases, some of them good some of them rubbish. As for the Picasso original print: that is an oxymoron, it is either a print or an original. A print doesn’t become original just because the artist signed it. Today many prints made from an original are numbered and limited, but that doesn’t make them originals, just makes a more expensive print. Even if the Picasso is a forgery, $14. is cheap.

  • El Greco Boogliodemus

    The thing about Picasso is that he really was good in spite of everyone saying he was good.

    • Detex

      Indeed, many of these retarded comments come from Drudge, they would not know culture if it bit them in the arse.

      • swissik

        You are no doubt one of those tolerant progressives.

      • Hypo Gore

        Your character is on full display as you feel the need to denigrate people born with mental deficiencies to attack people expressing opinions you disagree with.

  • retired art dealer

    ah, not so fast. these linocuts have been mass produced back in the 60s, much like the “original” dali stuff. legally not fakes, but also not rare. the “cuts” are actually done with a press. real worth? about $25. no free lunch for him. the reporter needs to do some more research instead of buying the hype.

    • Nomad

      The story says it was signed print…

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  • Werewindle

    It was not an original… it was a signed print.

    • Detex

      That is how a block print works. It is an AP, artists proof…

  • PowerPC

    The art world is neurotic. Picasso was popular during his lifetime and sold millions in “art”. On the other hand, a true artist, Van Gogh, could barely give a painting away. His mother actually threw out and burned hundreds of his paintings. In my opinion he was a fantastic artist and a master. He was tormented by severe depression throughout his life and still managed to produce high quality art. It is really a shame that he was not appreciated during his lifetime like the much less talented Picasso. I am not an art expert I only know what I like. I like art that you do not have to turn upside down or look at it with eyes squinted to figure out what the artist is trying to convey. Van Gogh painted real scenes and they could be appreciated for their detail and beauty.

    • Artlover from Md.

      You say you are not an “expert” but it appears that you have an intuitive eye for genius. Van Gogh was a stupendous genius. Just because his art lacks the refinement of, say, Ingres, does not mean he wasn’t brilliant. Even his sketches have tremendous power.Van Gogh is world-famous and rightfully so.

  • aaaaandre

    I hope he makes a nice “contribution” to the Thrift Store.

  • Smokey thee Bear

    Bet it was made by Epson, sounds like another made-up cbs-local story-of-the-day

  • Archie Bunker

    Put it up on ebay with the $15,000 grilled cheese which looks like Jesus, or the KFC fried chicken foot, and you might just get enough to pay the listing fees :-)

  • Okra Windbag

    was dis de ottist who went and damn bit his own eaaa off?

    • cowboy1957

      I’ll bet you cannot bite your ear,

      • Okra Windbag

        wood yuall laak to bite on my eaaaa, cowboy?????? I poot yu on ma talk show :-)

  • ecurb65

    It’s still is ugly, but twenty million ugly!

  • charlesamiller

    The degree of ignorance in here is astounding. Pablo Picasso was an accomplished artist, and his earliest work is entirely realistic. Picasso explored several different styles in his career, but most uneducated viewers only remember his cubist period (this is what laymen call “abstract” art). As for the monetary value of Picasso’s work, he was one of the few artists who actually MADE MONEY with his art within his own lifetime, and a lot of it. His autograph alone was worth around $5000. Van Gogh, conversely, only sold ONE painting in his entire life.

    • swissik

      The absolutely best exhibit of Picasso’s art is in a private small museum in Basel, Switzerland. (I am one of those Drudge readers).

    • Detex

      they will not get this nor will they do the research needed to see that you are correct.

  • Jason Talbott

    An Ohio man luckily plucks
    A Picasso for just fourteen bucks
    From the thrift store downtown.
    It is ugly and brown.
    The unwitting store owner cries, “Shucks!”

  • paul

    Wow, the white trash of Ohio are out in force on this thread. Now I understand why I never hear “culture” and “Columbus Ohio” or “world class museum” and “Columbus Ohio” used in the same sentence.

    • Melissa

      Excellent point, Paul!

  • ETEE

    Too bad Pete is Unemployed. After reading this column, Obama’s IRS thugs will be paying him a little visit shortly to collect the Income Taxes based on the value of the piece to “re-distribute” to “da po”!!!

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  • ClevelandMuseumGoer

    I love comments about art by people who know nothing about it. “My kid could do that”, haha but they never do, now, do they? is the Art world a sham? Likely, many artists think so. But, if you think about it, JUST HOW MUCH do we over pay guys to go on a patch of grass, throw a ball to one another, and claim its the greatest thing IN THE WORLD? We pay a guy MILLIONS to throw a ball through a hoop, circus seals do that for peanuts. What is more of a sham, Art or Sports? At least most art fansget involved in art, how many sprorts fans can even do a single PULL-UP? Here is to living vicariously via others acomplishment that dont really mean anything! CHEERS!

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