Precious Find

MURDERS, rapes, child abuse and economic downtowns are prevalent in the news, but sometimes, there are stories that leave a person with a good feeling.

In Eastern Ohio, cooperative efforts to help in improving communities are often reported, and there are also stories about others, including individuals, churches and organizations, helping others.

The Columbus Dispatch, however, reported an unusual instance regarding a discovery – likely a signed print by Pablo Picasso – purchased by Zach Bodish in a Columbus area thrift store.

Bodish, according to a Dispatch feature by Collin Binkley, originally thought it was a nice reproduction and paid $14.14 for it. Research revealed there was a red scribble in the corner of the framed poster, and it was located in the same place where Picasso wrote a scarlet signature on some original works.

Investigation by experts reveal both the print and signature are believed to be authentic.

Binkley’s article notes it could sell up to $6,000 at an auction or twice that amount if it was sold at a gallery.

IT REALLY sounds as if the unexpected event was especially fortunate for Bodish as he was laid off from his job two years ago and supplements income from a part-time job by refurbishing and selling vintage furniture that he finds at thrift stores. Since being laid off, he is looking for full-time work.

That isn’t the only happy note regarding the discovery.

The framed poster had been donated to the thrift store by 72-year-old Ed Zettler, who had kept it in his basement for years. Previously, he had displayed it, thinking it was a reproduction, but he grew tired of it and placed it in the basement.

According to the Dispatch, Zettler doesn’t expect anything from Bodish, and he was quoted as saying, “I’m glad that the guy that got it recognized something about it. I am pleased for him.”

Zettler, however, may be helped by his contribution to the thrift store when he files his federal income tax return.

FORMER White House correspondent Helen Thomas once noted, “When you’re in the news business, you always expect the unexpected.”

Usually though, it isn’t so serendipitous.