While digging through some of your old junk can seem tedious, more often than not, you discover treasures that have been long since forgotten. Perhaps you have found a missing sweater or even some old holiday cards from loved ones, each thing is often filled with memories and has an accompanying story. With this in mind, can you imagine the shock when Dominic Currie discovered a Picasso while cleaning out his loft?
The painting was originally given to Dominic’s mother, Annette, while she was in Portugal at the age of 19. Annette was pregnant with the child of a Russian soldier and didn’t know what to do, as it was impossible for them to be with each other. The soldier named Nicolai Vladimirovich gave her the painting to sell so that she would have money to care for her unborn child. She never did sell the painting, but it is not known if either really knew the value of the gift.
After Dominic was born, the painting remained rolled up in a suitcase for over 50 years until it was finally rediscovered.