Giovanni Battista Torriglia: $11,205
A Goodwill employee, Maria Rivera, found a small painting the store’s donation bin over in Manassas, Virginia. It was an oil painting and was bordered in an ornate gold frame. Rivera said it reminded her of something she had seen in the museum, which is why she pulled it from the pile.
“I didn’t know at the time, but I said, ‘we have some money here’,” she told NBC News. It ended up being worth a lot of money. Once authenticated, it turns out it was the work of Italian artist Giovanni Battista Torriglia.