Cape Town - A painting by Cape artist Ruth Prowse, which was found decades ago on a rubbish heap, has sold for more than R55 000 at auction in Cape Town, fine art auction house Strauss & Co said on Tuesday.
Executive director Bina Genovese said the seller had only recently discovered the potential value of the artwork named “The Bluff, Durban”.
He apparently found the painting about 25 years ago when he was asked to remove rubbish left by people who were moving out of a house in a Karoo town.
“He noticed the painting on the rubbish heap which appealed to him enough for him to keep it,” said Genovese.
When he recently saw an advertisement offering valuations of paintings, he sent an image of his painting.