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Iconic Texas portray saved from Goodwill fetches over $100,000 at public sale


Almost misplaced perpetually, a household heirloom portray turned out to be a Texas masterpiece and offered for six figures at a Dallas-based public sale home final week. 

In keeping with Heritage Auctions, the portray of Texas bluebonnets was loaded onto a trailer with donations sure for Goodwill, all belongings of a lady who was transferring to the West Coast for retirement. 

She had obtained it as a present from an prolonged member of the family in Texas to commemorate her delivery in 1922, in response to the public sale home. On the final minute, the lady determined “it was too fairly to give up,” and he or she stored it.

After the lady died, her daughter stored the portray on show in her own residence close to Tacoma, Washington. 

For years, nobody within the household realized the paintings was an authentic by “the daddy of Texas portray,” Julian Onderdonk. The household lately made the invention and determined to place it up for public sale “to somebody who will genuinely recognize it,” the unique proprietor’s grandson instructed Heritage Auctions.

On June 29, the portray, named “A Subject of Bluebonnets, San Antonio” offered for $112,500. In the identical public sale, two different Onderdonk work offered for $106,250 and $93,750, respectively.

Onderdonk was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1882 and confirmed inventive expertise at a younger age, in response to the Texas Historic Society. He started instructing artwork as a youngster and later moved to New York Metropolis to check and train.

In 1906, Onderdonk took a seasonal job organizing artwork exhibitions on the Dallas State Truthful, now often known as the State Truthful of Texas. In 1909, he moved his household again to Texas, finally taking an curiosity in portray bluebonnets and different Texas landscapes.

Onderdonk painted “A Subject of Bluebonnets, San Antonio,” in 1921. He died the subsequent yr, on the peak of his success.

His work is on show at a number of museums, together with the Amon Carter Museum of American Artwork in Fort Price and the San Antonio Museum of Artwork.

Former President George W. Bush had a number of Onderdonk works within the White Home throughout his administration, in response to the historic society.

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