Connecticut mechanic Jared Whipple found several paintings and artwork worth millions in an abandoned barn.
The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reported that the treasure included several works of art by Francis Hines, who used his work in the barn.
His work has been compared to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, famous for wrapping installations across Europe, including the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Hines was an Abstract Expressionist who wrapped over 10 buildings in New York City, including Washington Square Arch, JFK Airport, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. He died in 2016 at the age of 96.
Whipple told the outlet that “I pulled it out of that dumpster and fell in love with it.”
“I made a connection with that. My goal is to put Hines in the history books.
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After finding the objects, he contacted the artist’s family. Whipple said it allowed him to save and sell the art.
He told CT Insider, “I’ve always been a mechanic and I’m known in the skateboarding world but not in the art world. So trying to get people to open your emails and take you seriously was a huge challenge.
Historian Peter Hastings Falk has stated that the hundreds of artworks Whipple salvaged can be sold for around $22,000 a piece and his drawings for around $4,500.
“Hines is really the New York wrapper,” Hastings Falk said.
Whipple will auction them off at Hollis Taggart, a New York-based gallery. He will exhibit the items in New York and Connecticut next month.
(With agency contributions)