A WOMAN who found a ‘tribal looking’ necklace at a flea market in the early 2000s could cash in up to $300,000 for the item.
In 2005, Philadelphia resident Norma Ifill found the necklace at a flea market and was drawn to its design.
Priced at only $15, Ifill made the purchase and thought nothing of it until she visited an Alexander Calder jewelry exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art three years later, per HuffPost.
After taking the necklace to be viewed by jewelry experts, they confirmed that it was, in fact, one of Calder’s long-lost pieces.
The Calder Foundation in New York discovered that Ifill’s necklace had been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art way back in 1943.
The necklace was said to have been finished in 1938.
Ifill told Bloomberg that it was hard to fathom she had a Calder necklace in her possession for so long.
“I can’t believe I had a Calder necklace all this time and had no idea,” she said.
“I wore it about four-five times max and every time I wore it, people always admired it.”
Experts gave the necklace an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000 at auction in 2013.
It went up at the First Open Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s on September 26 that year.
Calder reportedly designed well over 1,000 pieces of jewelry during his career, so to have one is incredibly rare.
He was known for his sculpting and mobiles by many and passed away in 1976, per Tate.
Aside from necklaces, many people are getting fortunate by searching for rare coins in their change dishes.
The U.S. Sun even has a story on how your one-dollar coin could be worth $264,000.
Additionally, The U.S. Sun has coverage of one coin collector who has the information on how your Lincoln penny could be worth $300,000.