Kicker: Trash to treasure

MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: If you were listening a month ago, maybe you remember that remarkable discovery by an elderly French woman: an old painting hanging in her kitchen. Turned out it was a 13th-century masterpiece.

The painting is by Italian Florentine painter Cimabue. It’s titled “Christ Mocked” and depicts Jesus standing in a crowd. 

Well, here’s an update: An anonymous collector has purchased the piece.

AUDIO: [Sound of auction]

Considered by many to be priceless, that auctioneer did of course find a price. 

The painting sold for nearly $27 million, four and a half times the expected amount. 

Another reminder to look twice at that old “junk” lurking around your house. And don’t make fun of Grandma’s pictures.

It’s The World and Everything in It.

(Photo/Michel Euler, AP)

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