By Dominic Gover
NEW YORK (International Business Times) — A collection of paintings by an artist who died in obscurity are expected to fetch up to $30 million at auction in New York.
Arthur Pinajian devoted his life to art but never won acclaim for his work. He spent years toiling away on canvases and relying upon his sister for financial support.
The pair lived together and dreamed that he would attain notoriety, but these dreams were never realized. Pinajian grew increasingly frustrated and eventually withdrew from the world to devote himself to painting.
One of Pinajian’s final wishes when he died in 1999 at the age of 85 was for his art to be thrown into a bonfire. But even this wish was ignored.
Now a collection of his work, unearthed in a rundown cottage in Long Island, could net the owners a large sum of money.