He finds drawings in the trash of an abandoned barn… They are works worth millions of euros

The story begins in 2017 in Wterbury, a town located in Connecticut in the United States. Jared Whipple, mechanic, gets the call from his contractor George Martin. The latter is responsible for emptying a barn, being sold, whose contents had been deemed abandoned. He finds large painted canvases as well as sculptures. Very colorful, they represent car parts. Because he knows his friend’s passion for mechanics, George Martin thinks that these works could interest him.
Jared Whipple goes to the barn and discovers the canvases which are mostly wrapped in plastic and stored in a dumpster. As soon as he lays his eyes on these works, he ” fall in love “. He explains that he is a collector of vintage items relating to Harley-Davidson and to the automobile. He recovers everything and carries out research to find out more about their origin. It took him four years to be certain that these works were the work of Francis Hines. Died more or less in oblivion in 2016, the artist is known for having enveloped a dozen emblematic monuments and structures of New York like the Washington Square Arch located in Greenwich Village. This marble triumphal arch was wrapped in a white polyester fabric in the 80s. Francis Hines used this process on some of his paintings and sculptures.

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A treasure

The barn in which the paintings were found served as the artist’s studio. Jared Whipple has contacted friends and family of Francis Hines. The artist’s sons authorized him to keep and sell the works.
The paintings found form a fabulous collection estimated at several million dollars. According to curator Peter Hastings Falk, whose remarks are reported by the New York Post, some paintings wrapped in the famous signature fabric could be sold for around 22,000 dollars (around 20,230 euros). The drawings could be sold for 4500 dollars (about 4138 euros).
Saved in extremis from the rubbish, these forty works will be exhibited from May 5 to June 11, notably at the Hollis Taggart gallery in Southport, Connecticut, as well as in Chelsea, the artistic district of New York.

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