$25K painting found in pile of donated items up for auction

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SAN DIEGO -- A rare painting, notable enough to be hung inside a museum was discovered by accident recently at the St. Vincent Del Paul Villages Donation Center.

The painting is by early 20th-century American artist John Fery and is valued at $25,000.

“It just came in on a truck. We don’t even know where it came from,” said center CFO Diane Stump.

While sorting through a pile of thrift store items, the center's manager accidentally stumbled upon the painting. He said he didn’t think much of it at first, except that he liked the frame.

“The person that donated it likely didn’t know where it came from,” said Stump.

The artist was best known for painting landscapes and at one point was asked to paint the Glacier National Park in Montana. Auction experts believe the painting was inspired from that period.

The title is still unknown but it is a confirmed original.

It is now up for auction through Cal Auctions & Estate Sales alongside the center’s many specialty items.

“It’s a pretty high number, we don’t get very many of those,” said Stump.

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