Rare Find

Hi Friends,

Last week I was taking a jaunt down memory lane by browsing eBay for vintage sewing patterns from the 1960s and 1970s. I used to do a lot of sewing when I was young, and just walking into a fabric store with all of the possibilities, colors and textures was a thrill!

For some reason it occured to me that it might be interesting to see if any of my art was for sale on eBay. Lo and behold, there was a piece! It’s a painting from 2011, currently listed as a “rare find” on both eBay and Etsy for $199. I was surprised to see it there, to say the least.

Cassandra Tondro painting

Cassandra Tondro painting

Cassandra Tondro painting

I contacted Vince, the shop owner who is listing the piece, and asked him how he came to be in possession of the painting. He said he bought it at an online auction a few years back, but he didn’t say which auction. I don’t know anything else about it.

Vince has some interesting art listed in his shop, including a piece signed by H. Frankenthaler in 1953. Is it really a Helen Frankenthaler painting? Probably not, but I wonder what the story is behind that piece.

It reminds me of the Museum of Bad Art in Boston. They’ve been collecting the “best of bad art” since 1993 and presenting it at shows in the Boston area as well as on their website. Their collection of art is interesting, but the best part of what they do is their humorous descriptions of the art.

Perhaps Vince needs a better story about my painting in order to sell it. And taking a cue from the Museum of Bad Art, if you don’t know the back story, make one up!

Help Vince out! What story would you concoct to sell this piece? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,


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