HEAT ALERT

Extreme heat blankets the region starting tomorrow and could last until the weekend

Painting valued at nearly $30K mistakenly sold for $200 at Thornwood tag sale

A 25-by-30-inch oil painting called “Country Fair” was mistakenly sold at a tag sale in Thornwood last month.

News 12 Staff

Nov 13, 2019, 10:40 PM

Updated 1,678 days ago

Share:

A 25-by-30-inch oil painting called “Country Fair” was mistakenly sold at a tag sale in Thornwood last month.
Helen Giustino, 88, says she acquired the painting with her late husband from a flea market over 30 years ago.
“It was something my husband loved. It was a flea market, he loved flea markets, that was part of our entertainment through our years,” says Giustino.
The widow’s son sold the piece for a mere $200. Turns out it is valued at nearly $30,000. She says she is angry and emotional to know that the piece is gone.
The painting, which was featured in a 1947 Maxwell House ad, was scheduled to be auctioned off at the end of November.
Ronnan Clarke, owner of Clarke's Auction Gallery in Larchmont, intended to keep 10% of the sale and give the consignor, Dr. Sidney Hiller of Briarcliff, the rest.
Hiller says he plans to take the painting back from the auction house and pursue ownership. He declined to comment on whether he would return it to the original owner.
Giustino’s attorney, John Murtagh, says the family is prepared to take legal action.
“The right, ethical, equitable things to do would be let's everybody go back to square one, give Helen back the painting that means so much to her, we can give him back the $200 he paid for it and this is over and done,” says Murtagh.


More from News 12
2:20
HEAT ALERT: Nearly all Mid-Hudson under heat advisory Tuesday

HEAT ALERT: Nearly all Mid-Hudson under heat advisory Tuesday

2:23
Westchester County preps for intense heat

Westchester County preps for intense heat

2:04
Yonkers police sergeant accused of excessively kicking and punching man during arrest

Yonkers police sergeant accused of excessively kicking and punching man during arrest

2:04
John Oliver eats giant Deising's cake bear, pledges $10K donation to Peoples' Place of Kingston, NY

John Oliver eats giant Deising's cake bear, pledges $10K donation to Peoples' Place of Kingston, NY

1:54
Lawmakers, environmentalists call on Gov. Hochul to reject natural gas expansion project

Lawmakers, environmentalists call on Gov. Hochul to reject natural gas expansion project

1:33
Exclusive: Workplace probe finds allegations by 3 women against ex-City of Newburgh police chief ‘not supported’

Exclusive: Workplace probe finds allegations by 3 women against ex-City of Newburgh police chief ‘not supported’

1:06
Officials: Harriman sewage treatment plant at or near maximum capacity

Officials: Harriman sewage treatment plant at or near maximum capacity

0:39
State DOT approves permit for turn signal at high-traffic intersection in South Blooming Grove

State DOT approves permit for turn signal at high-traffic intersection in South Blooming Grove

0:18
Caught on camera: Water main break creates geyser in New City

Caught on camera: Water main break creates geyser in New City

0:21
Caught on camera: Bear approaches Orange County woman's home

Caught on camera: Bear approaches Orange County woman's home

1:54
Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

1:01
Headlines: Saugerties Halloween murder, firefighter arson, political campaign theft

Headlines: Saugerties Halloween murder, firefighter arson, political campaign theft

0:41
Newburgh city hall reopens after cybersecurity attack

Newburgh city hall reopens after cybersecurity attack

0:27
Orange County unveils new logo, slogan and mascot

Orange County unveils new logo, slogan and mascot

0:20
Saw Mill River Parkway reopens after tractor-trailer hits Pleasantville overpass

Saw Mill River Parkway reopens after tractor-trailer hits Pleasantville overpass

0:23
Police: Man shot multiple times in Newburgh; suspect sought

Police: Man shot multiple times in Newburgh; suspect sought

1:45
Legislation aimed at keeping schools from overheating awaits governor's signature

Legislation aimed at keeping schools from overheating awaits governor's signature

2:02
 A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

Your Hudson Valley Graduation Photos

Your Hudson Valley Graduation Photos

1:52
Annual Juneteenth celebration draws crowds to Wolf's Lane Park in Pelham

Annual Juneteenth celebration draws crowds to Wolf's Lane Park in Pelham