Hidden Treasure

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Rod found this astonishingly beautiful sculpture in a New York city junk shop, drawn to it because it reminded him of how his own brother looked as a little boy. Turns out it is a rare piece by Harlem Renaissance artist Richmond Barthe, one of eight believed by art experts to exist. (Two other known examples are displayed at Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic FallingWater and at the Chicago Art Institute.) The artistic merit of the piece was obvious, even among the junk, but, says Rod, “I never thought it would turn out to be the proverbial Van Gogh in the attic. For me it was something I felt emotionally drawn to and I would be regardless of its value.”