The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
My pick for who won the week this week is Stephen Burgess. Who the hell is Stephan Burgess, you ask. Well, let me tell you. Stephen Burgess is a very fortunate man.
Burgess hails from British Columbia and he bought a painting from a thrift store there for $96. He bought it because he liked the frame. He regularly purchases art and frames from thrift stores to decorate his home, and on his recent visit to Value Village in Courtenay, a painting in an ornate frame caught his eye.
When he got home, Burgess did a Google search for the artist’s signature, Wijmer, and determined it was likely a mass-produced print of a piece by Dutch artist Gerritjen Wijmer, who was born in 1870.
But during a closer examination, he found a stamp from Munich, Germany on the back of the canvas and oil brush strokes on the perimeter of the canvas under the frame, indicating it could be an original.
Burgess said his research indicated that Wijmer paintings can sell for $20,000 to $350,000, depending on their condition. He said he is seeking a professional appraiser to confirm the authenticity of the artwork.
So congratulations to you, Stephen Burgess. Pending authentication, your $96 purchase could be worth a small fortune.
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?