From the BBC: "It was bought by a woman as part of a box lot that included a doll and a plastic cow, and cost about $50. She took it to a Virginia auction house where experts said they believed it was Renoir's Paysage Bords de Seine - a river scene - from about 1879. The auctioneers expect it to sell for up to $100,000 later this month. It is believed the painting was bought from a Paris gallery in 1926. A Renoir plaque on the frame prompted the woman to have it analysed by a local auction house." a. Lucky bitch. b. Illiterate seller - sadly didn't sport the Renoir plaque.