Doesn’t it just figure.

I’m desperately combing garage sales for thirty years in search of a Raphael or a first edition of Ulysses, and some Airforce Lieutenant Colonel in Buffalo, NY gets lucky in his own living room.  Turns out the painting came into the family via a German Baroness who gave it as a gift to her lady-in-waiting.  Nowadays she’d get Joe Malone hand cream.

Not that I’m killing myself with jealousy. In fact I think I might have learned something useful from this story — and that, dear friends, is the importance of hope.

Last month I found an old paperback copy of Kon Tiki and a chipped Quimper plate at our local fete.  And just this morning I fished half an oreo, two broken pencils and seventeen pence out of my daughter’s schoolbag. Which makes me absolutely 100% positive that there’s a tiny Titian lurking somewhere in the house.

Just off to search under the sink.


19 thoughts on “£190 million Michelangelo found behind sofa

  1. Francesca Simon 8 years ago

    Thanks Meg. I was wondering what to give my lady-in-waiting!

  2. bookwitch 8 years ago

    You have a spare Michelangelo, Francesca?

    1. Francesca Simon 8 years ago

      Not a spare! A sufficiency

  3. Kathryn Evans 8 years ago

    She is beautiful – more enigmatic than the Mona Lisa. Or more sulky, either way….I never look down the back of my sofa, too scared I might find a minotaur. Or cholera.

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      She’s my favourite Raphael. I think she looks a touch peevish, as if she’s saying, ‘hands off my baby unicorn.’

  4. june e. Baker 8 years ago

    just breathe through it, meg, okay, and repeat after me, “it’s all good.”
    do ya’ll have goodwill’s over there? a favorite haunt for rare and incredulous bargains and great art. okay, couldn’t wait to get home and tell you, that i have a new favorite title for you, to add to books that you wish you had written-stargirl. it will change your life. 🙂 june e.

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      Stargirl is gorgeous. And Sharon Creech’s The Unfinished Angel looks pretty lovely too. Haven’t read it yet….

  5. june e. Baker 8 years ago

    you’re too much. xxx

  6. bookwitch 8 years ago

    So if Francesca has her own ‘goodwill’ we could hope to find some treasure?

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      I hang around outside her local Oxfam shop.

  7. bookwitch 8 years ago

    A ‘yard sale’ would save one link in the equation.

  8. Bazza 8 years ago

    I started to collect James Joyce books years ago and anything that referred to him and his work. When several booksellers told me that was the most sought-after of authors I gave up because evrything was so dear!
    I’m off to search the attic for hidden treasures…..

  9. kokorako 8 years ago

    Treasures galore at Drayton Park School car boot sale on Sunday 17 October. Sellers park up from 9am (£6 plus another fiver if you need to hire a table), anyone looking for treasure (ie, all Meg’s followers because I bet we have baby unicorns, James Joyce wigs and books etc) come at 10am until 1.30pm. If you find a Michaelangelo or similar please have a free coffee on the pta (tho not sure we can emulate the Chilean miners and also provide an ipad, tickets to Man U etc).

  10. Meg 8 years ago

    Sounds great. We’ll definitely wander over. Hold the baby unicorn for me.

  11. Lorna Stallard 8 years ago

    Screw the painting, I want a baby unicorn.

  12. raych 8 years ago

    My googlereader stopped googlereading your blog, for which it has been severely chastized.

    That girl was totally baby-talking her baby-unicorn and you interrupted her and now she’s all, What.

    That ‘what’ would be in italics if I thought your comment system would support html tags. Let’s test it. What.

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      Have I mentioned that you make me laugh, Raych?

    2. raych 8 years ago

      I think you said something one time.

      I live to amuse.

  13. raych 8 years ago

    No dice on those htmls.

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