The lady who found the Renoir at a Flea Market in West Virgina claims the real value of the piece she bought. Now, about two years after her random trip to a flea market on West Virginia, the woman is selling the painting through the Alexandria-based Potomack Co. Auctionhouse, which determined that the piece is a bona fide work byPierre-Auguste Renoir, the renowned French impressionist. Potomack thinks the painting could fetch as much as $100,000, if not more.
When the auction company told her it was real, she didn’t believe it. “I was just glad that while I had the painting for so long my house didn’t catch on fire and I wasn’t rear-ended by atractor-trailer or that the birds didn’t tear it up,” she said. She added that her family is French, she works in education and she is thrilled to be selling a Renoir.
This painting believed to be by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir and a woman bought it for $7 at a flea market. It may have been stolen from a museum six decades ago. Museum officials then found paperwork showing "Paysage Bords de Seine" or also called “Landscape on the Banks of the Seine” was stolen in 1951. This painting is the original Renoir hat fills
in a mysterious gap in the history of painting.