Arizona auctioneer Josh Levine is selling a painting he found in a garage last year that he says is a lost Jackson Pollock.
Since coming across the painting at an estate sale, Levine has sought to verify its provenance, hiring investigators and a forensic expert.
“Based on their work and findings, I believe this painting was one of Pollock’s missing gouaches in his catalogue raisonné or from the period of 1945 to 1949,” Levine said in a statement.
The auctioneer first found the painting after being invited to an estate sale to inspect a signed poster of the 1992 Los Angeles Lakers.
“We ended up signing a contract to auction the contents of the estate, and that’s when we found many of the paintings stored away,” Levine said.
Levine told ABC News that he’s certain that the painting is a Pollock. “Will the world and the bidders accept it?” he said. “So far, I’ve been really, really impressed. I’ve seen a couple of naysayers, but not what I expected. I think the evidence is too good.”
Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.
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