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Goodwill painting donation expected to sell for a record high

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The saying "one man's junk is another man's treasure" just might be the case for a recent donation to a Goodwill of the Heartland location. 

In the past, Goodwill of the Heartland has sold a saxophone for $4,500, and they've been given Rolex watches and diamond jewelry.  But one donation is expected to be the biggest one they've ever received.

At one of their 17 locations, someone donated a signed landscape painting of a valley with a mountainous background. The painting is titled 'Original Landscape In Taos Canyon', signed by painter E. Martin Hennings.

Employees are trained to find some of the more unique items out of their donations to auction off on their website to maximize profits. The Hennings painting was one of those items selected. They thought it might be worth a little bit of money, but they never could have expected what came next.

"Quite honestly, we didn't know what we had until we saw the auction price going up," Jason Willcox, Goodwill of the Heartland E-Commerce Manager, said.

After 72 bids, the auction of the painting closed at $80,001, leaving Willcox speechless.

The winning bidder of the sale fell through, but that gave Willcox and his staff time to authenticate the painting. Instead of re-listing it on the site, the painting will be sent to an auction in Santa Fe, where they expect it to do well.  

Hennings was an early to mid-19th century painter who specialized in landscape paintings in New Mexico, specifically of Taos, where he was a member of the Taos Society of Artists. 

"As Grant Wood is to our region, E. Martin Hennings is to the Southwest region," Willcox said.

To put that into perspective, paintings by Hennings have sold for as high $1.5 million in the past.

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