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Signed Dali at Goodwill: 'It just showed up in our donation stream'

4:49 PM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - If you're in the market for some high-end art, maybe you should look at your local Goodwill.

Tacoma Goodwill Industries is auctioning an original, hand-signed etching by Salvador Dali (yes, that Salvador Dali) that happened to appear at the charity chain's Federal Way store.

"It just showed up in our donation stream," Goodwill online sales manager Dylan Lippert said.

The print, titled "Reflection" or "Reflections", had a signature on the front and a certificate of authenticity attached to the back, so it was shown to the store's manager. It was passed along to online sales, where further investigation revealed it was from from the surrealist artist's "The Cycles of Life Suite".

The Dali etching is not the only high-value item that's come through in the last few years. Last year a $6,000 print by photographer E.S. Curtis came in, and the year before that a $12,000 diamond ring was donated.

"You know, it's always a treasure hunt," Lippert said.

"Reflection" was put up for auction earlier this week with a starting bid of $999.99, based on the starting prices of other prints in the series. It currently has no bids -- so if you've got a grand to spare, this is your moment.

"The paper has some warping, as if from humidity. The upper right area of matting has some discolored speckling. The other damage is to the frame and glass - a few deep scratches and scuffs," the print's online description reads.

The auction ends November 19 at 7:30 p.m. The bid as of Monday morning was $999.99.

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