Tony Begley, of Sevier County, learns his a sketch his mother left to him was an authenic Picasso. WILX, East Lansing, Michigan
(WBIR) It's a simple ink on paper sketch - but it has a very coveted signature: Picasso.
Not only did Tony Begley, of Sevier County, have the sketch, but he also has the certificate of authenticity. Begley said he was pretty sure he had the really deal, but he wanted to make sure. He asked scientists at Speckin Forensic Labs to verify whether the ink could have been used by the famous artist.
"I am so glad that I did because once Eric gave me the results, I knew that all the research that we had done prior to that, everything fit together, and this is what it is, and it's a legit real piece and its been long lost in history for years and years and years," Tony Begley told WILX in Michigan.
Begley is a car collector and said his mother left him the drawing. He said he's not sure where she got it, but knows a man from Nevada purchased the sketch in Europe about 40 years ago.
"It was never published, and it was never catalogued, so no one ever saw it, and today is the first time the public has been able to look at this," said Begley.
Begley believes the sketch dates back to the 1920s and could be valued at anywhere from $400,000 to $2.5 million on the auction block. The Sevier County man plans to take the sketch back home to Tennessee to decide whether to give it to a museum or sell it.
Courtesy: WILX, East Lansing, Michigan