An Ohio man may have accidentally gotten the deal of a lifetime at a thrift store. Zach Bodish, an art enthusiast, paid $14.14 for what he thought was a framed poster reproduction of a famous Pablo Picasso print.
Bodish later discovered a small red signature at the bottom right of the print, and realized he may have an original Picasso print on his hands. He told the Columbus Dispatch that he "started shaking a little bit." So he did some research and found out that the signature is in the same place that Picasso signed his other original prints.
In 1958, Picasso was asked to create a poster for his 1958 ceramics exhibit in France, and the piece Bodish purchased is numbered 6 out of 100. So his piece is one of the earlier proofs that Picasso approved.
Art experts who have seen the print say the signature looks like the real deal, and could sell for $6,000 at an auction or double that if it were sold to a gallery. For now, Bodish says there is a good chance that he will sell the print.
People on Twitter are eager to go thrift-store shopping, hoping to be as lucky as Bodish and make a rare find.
Academy Award-nominated director Spike Lee is learning the hard way that when it comes to Twitter, celebrities and public figures must tread lightly and be careful what they tweet or retweet.
Lee has now officially apologized to a Florida couple whose address he retweeted in support of bringing George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, to justice.
The original tweet with the address came from Marcus Higgins, a 33-year-old Los Angeles man who sent the tweet to celebrities such as 50 Cent, Will Smith, and LeBron James asking them to repost it.
The problem is the address was that of the home of Elaine and David McClain, whose son William George Zimmerman, no relation to the shooter, lived in their home in the '90s. The McClains, both in their 70s, say they were "afraid" and had to keep everything "locked." In addition, they chose to flee their home due to death threats, hate mail, and a visit from a reporter seeking information about the shooter.
Lee wanted to alleviate the distress his tweet may have caused the couple. Late Wednesday night, Lee tweeted, "I deeply apologize to the McClain family for retweeting their address. It was a mistake. Please leave the McClain's in peace."
Some people on social media are questioning why people did not do their own research before assuming the address was correct. In addition, the McClains' son is 41 and the man who shot Martin is 28. Also, the shooter's full name is George Michael Zimmerman, and the McClains' son's full name is William George Zimmerman.
- Pablo Picasso