A friend got a pair of pictures of little girls with wide-open eyes as a gift for her daughter in the 1960s. They were paintings by an unknown French artist in the style of the then-popular pictures by Walter Keane. Last month it was included in an auction that was offering other low-priced pieces. It was estimated at $50. It didn’t get a single bid. At the auction's next sale, it still didn’t get a bid, so the auctioneer offered to sell it at any price. It sold for $1--it's cute but has no artistic value. If it had been a real 1970s painting by Keane, it could have cost $50,000. A recent book tells the story of Walter and Margaret Keane. He was publicized as the artist, but she did the actual painting. He made millions selling the paintings and prints but died in 2000, almost broke. She is still a working artist in San Francisco. A movie about the Keanes will be out in December.
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