When [the auction company] told me it was real, I had to sit down for a minute. I really didn’t believe it. I was like, what? Really? I was a little floored,” said the woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing concerns that she’d be overwhelmed by the news media. “I can’t tell you what kind of work I do. I am self-employed, and I am well-known for what I do.” She added that her family is French, she works in education and she is thrilled to be selling a Renoir.
“I was just glad that while I had the painting for so long my house didn’t catch on fire and I wasn’t rear-ended by a tractor-trailer or that the birds didn’t tear it up,” she said.
Story: Ian Shapira, Washington Post | Photo: AFP/Getty