FORT WAYNE, IND. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A well-known artist’s painting was dropped off at a Northeast Indiana Goodwill.
The painting is an oil panel, painted by Charles Edward Perugini. A noted 19th century romantic, Victorian artist, known for his portraits.
The painting likely dates back to the mid-1800s. It sold for $4,533 on shopgoodwill.com.
Charles Shepard, the president and CEO of the Fort Wayne Museum of art, says Perugini married Charles Dickens’ youngest daughter.
When the painting was dropped off at Goodwilll, it’s likely the owner didn’t know the value of the painting. Something Shepard says is pretty common, especially when someone inherits a piece or someone’s cleaning house.
Folks at Goodwill say they were shocked to find out they had a painting worth thousands of dollars in their possession.
“It’s just interesting that something that ties back to the mid 1800s and ties back to somebody who was married to the daughter of Charles Dickens ends up in Fort Wayne,” said Bill Warriner the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana.
If you are wondering, Fort Wayne’s NBC asked Warriner what happens if the person who dropped the painting off wants it back. He says they could get it back if they can prove 1000% they were the ones who dropped it off, which might be difficult to do.