Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 14, 2024

Facebook Painting Bought for $125 Could Be Worth a Fortune

Christie Grace was in for a surprise when a $125 painting she bought through Facebook Marketplace was potentially worth thousands of dollars.

After researching the artist, Grace discovered that a painting she purchased might be valued between $50,000 and $200,000.

Daily Mail reported that Christie Grace had bought the painting from the online marketplace on June 7. She said she initially considered returning the piece due to its size but wanted something affordable and unique to adorn her living room.

Discovery on TikTok Draws Attention

Grace's video quickly drew attention. She showcased the painting on TikTok and shared that the seller had originally purchased it at an estate sale, unknowingly passing off a potential treasure.

"She didn't mention anything about the artist. I assume she didn't know," Grace explained. Indeed, the original seller did not seem aware of the painting's potential value.

The Facebook Marketplace seller had collected several pieces of art from an estate sale, holding onto them for some time. Grace bought the painting from her based on its aesthetic appeal, unaware of its creator's fame.

Helmut Koller’s Artistic Background

Helmut Koller, born in 1954, has an illustrious background, including photography for the Vienna State Opera. He pivoted to fine arts, releasing his first painting collection in 1987.

Koller's works are widely recognized. With galleries in multiple locations and a residence split between Palm Beach, Florida, and Vienna, Austria, Grace stumbled upon significant valuations of Koller’s works online, with prices ranging from $36,000 to $140,000.

In her follow-up TikTok video on June 8, Grace shared that she is now communicating with Koller to authenticate her painting and plans to get a formal appraisal to confirm its value.

Community Weighs In on Grace’s Find

Grace has received significant support and advice from the TikTok community. Many users offered tips, such as preserving the painting and seeking multiple appraisals to avoid being lowballed.

One commenter suggested, "Take photos of brush strokes and details and email the artist's website. They at least can tell you if they did prints." Grace expressed her gratitude, saying, "I love the side of TikTok that genuinely wants people to succeed." Several users commended her for buying the painting because she loved it rather than for its potential resale value.

Next Steps for Verification

Grace is now focused on getting the painting appraised and authenticated. She contacted the original seller for more information and continued communicating with Koller. Christie Grace’s journey from a casual Facebook Marketplace purchase to the prospect of owning a costly Koller painting has captivated many.

Whether the painting’s true worth aligns with her research remains to be seen, but the experience underscores the unpredictable world of art collecting. Grace remains optimistic and continues to document her journey on social media, eagerly awaiting the final word on her unexpected find.

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