A Dürer drawing bargain for just $30!

March 18, 2022


It is difficult to believe that in the 21st century with all the technological advantages at our disposal art treasures can still be discovered per chance.

A Boston-based art collector, Clifford Schorer popped into a collectables bookstore to buy a last minute gift and was asked by the bookseller to look at a drawing that a friend had purchased a few years earlier.

On closer inspection it turned out to be a rare 16th-century Albrecht Dürer drawing. The work that had been sold for $30 at a yard sale in 2017 was actually an original drawing by the world-renowned German artist of the European Renaissance. This was the first find of such magnitude in about 100 years.

The Virgin and Child by Albrecht Dürer
Image by Leon Neal, Getty Images

Even more surprising was that the drawing that dates back to 1503 was still in pristine quality. Schorer told the owner:

“I think it’s either the greatest forgery I’ve ever seen or a masterpiece”.

The Virgin and Child,” is an extraordinary discovery as art collectors and experts have commented that works by the artist have simply not been found in many years even though the artist, who died in 1528, and his career have been examined thoroughly. The estimated value of this drawing sold in 2017 for a mere $30 is now $10 million!