Surrealist Painting Worth $340 Thousand Dollars Was Just Found Inside a Dumpster at The Airport

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Okay, clearly, I need to start “dumpster diving.”


If I had been diving into dumpsters, I might have been the one to discover this $340 thousand dollar surrealist painting that was tossed out like yesterday’s garbage.

The piece is a painting from French artist Yves Tanguy, and it’s valued at over a quarter of a million bucks…and it ended up in the trash, thanks to one very forgetful businessman.

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I guess the businessman forgot the painting at the Duesseldorf Airport in Germany, and it ended up in a “recycling” dumpster – likely placed there by an airport worker.


A surrealist painting worth more than a quarter million dollars that was forgotten by a businessman at Duesseldorf’s airport has been recovered from a nearby recycling dumpster, police said Thursday.

The businessman, whose identity was not given, accidentally left behind the painting by French surrealist Yves Tanguy at a check-in counter as he boarded a flight from Duesseldorf to Tel Aviv on Nov. 27.

By the time he landed in Israel and contacted Duesseldorf police, the 340,000-dollar oeuvre, which had been wrapped in cardboard, had disappeared.

Despite multiple emails with details about the 40×60-centimeter (16X24-inch) painting, authorities could not locate the artwork, police spokesman Andre Hartwig said.

It was only after the businessman’s nephew traveled to the airport from neighboring Belgium and talked with police directly with more information that an inspector was able to trace the painting to paper recycling dumpster used by the airport’s cleaning company.

“This was definitely one of our happiest stories this year,” Hartwig said. “It was real detective work.”

I don’t know who this businessman is, but I can tell you one thing – I wouldn’t want him handling any of my “business.”


What a forgetful bumbling trainwreck his guy must be – wait, was it, Joe Biden, perhaps? 😉

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