1833. The story of a little painting

Wendy Wharton had three children and not a great amount in her bank account to feed them. She worked part-time in a beauty salon. To get a few extra pennies she painted brightly coloured pictures of Mediterranean houses that had window boxes of geraniums. She had a small stall at the market on Saturdays. Her little works of art, usually painted on slabs of wood, were quite popular. Each cost five dollars. At one stage she increased the price and sales slumped, so she went back to selling them for five dollars each.

Wendy’s great moment of glory came when the internationally renowned film star and model, the incomparable Magdalene Cullum, was about to pass by Wendy’s stall. Magdalene paused. She stopped. She purchased the five dollar work of art! It was a small painting of a house near the sea with a little sailing boat skimming in the sunshine. Wendy was rather fond of it herself. “Thank you. I hope it enjoys its new home,” said Wendy.

Several years later the same little painting appeared for sale online. It sold for over five thousand. Of course its value rested on the fact that it had been pre-loved by the internationally renowned film star and model, the incomparable Magdalene Cullum. Who wouldn’t want something, no matter how insignificant, once owned by Magdalene? Everything Magdalene touched turned to gold.

You can get a similar painting for five dollars down at the market on Saturdays. But it hasn’t been touched by a film star.

43 thoughts on “1833. The story of a little painting

    1. Bruce G. Post author

      Star dust. I once saw Dolly Parton. She was standing on the steps of the court house in Hollywood as the tourist bus went past. Perhaps she was paid to stand there. (Having said that, I think Dolly is one of the more genuine Hollywood glitterati.)

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      1. Andrea Stephenson

        Ooh get you mingling with the stars! I did meet Charlton Heston at the stage door when he did a play in our closest city. He was very nice, but I came to think afterwards he wasn’t such a nice guy after all when I heard some of his comments on gun laws….

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  1. badfinger20 (Max)

    Did Magdalene kick the bucket? If she did it would easily be worth triple that. Nothing like a dead internationally renowned film star and model’s possessions.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max)

        There is still time Bruce! I’ll buy your laptop for 6 grand when you go…you will be known as the International star storyteller, composer, and Gardener known as “Bruce” (a one-word name…you will be up there with Cher!)

        I’ll have the keyboard that the great Bruce typed on.

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  2. umashankar

    It is one of the most beautiful stories I have read, compressed though it is by the format, but that captures the sadness of the painter as vividly as it excoriates a hypocritical society.

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      1. arlingwoman

        Ooh, I hope that doesn’t start happening again. Sometimes my cursor goes over a comment and then I have to go into the MY SITE section and dig it out of deletions. But a few weeks ago, things were just disappearing!

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