New Yorker Elizabeth Gibson

Look into the trash – where you can find a masterpiece reporter found a woman in Manhattan painting, estimated at $ 1 million. The work will be auctioned in New York on 20 November auction house Sotheby's November 20 put on sale canvas Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, estimated at $ 1 million. Four years ago he was found in a pile of trash on the streets of Manhattan. And twenty years ago it was stolen. Painting 'The three characters', written in 1970 Tamayo – the artist, who died in 1991 – was lying in a pile of trash and accidentally caught the attention of passing by New Yorker Elizabeth Gibson.

March morning writer, Gibson was a cup of coffee. 'I almost not leave it there – a woman confessed in an interview with The New York Times, – it was too big for my apartment. " But "something gave her the strength, 'and she took the picture home. She realized her value only after it searched the Internet and I saw on the television program about the missing works of art. She returned a picture of their rightful owners. "I know nothing about contemporary art and the frame was cheap" – she explained. The painting, stolen in 1987 belonged to a married couple from Houston, which bought it a decade earlier, at the same auction. During this time the couple moved to South America and have not received any news about the film, although offering a reward. Her husband had died, and widow, receiving back the picture, decided to sell it. The auction will be held on November 20 in New York.