The Head Of Christ perhaps ranks among the most identifiable works of art ever produced. And yet when Paul Beaty discovered a pair of originals while browsing a Chicago thrift shop, the valuable paintings had seemingly been discarded like unwanted artifacts. But then Beaty realized what he’d come across – and learned of the rare pieces’ material worth.
Beaty in fact discovered the Head Of Christ artworks at a Salvation Army store in Chicago early in 2016. And even though the images are believed to be the most widely reproduced of all time, the bargain hunter reportedly knew at once that he’d found something noteworthy. Yet it turned out to be a find that many thrifters only ever dream of.
As Beaty had suspected when he’d first spotted them, you see, the Head Of Christ paintings he’d stumbled across are originals. So, after bartering with the sales clerk, the thrifter took the pair home at a reduced price. And following a bit of internet sleuthing, Beaty learned just how special his discovery was.