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Biloxi couple seek to identify subject of a discarded painting

COURTESY BARBIE WILCOXBarbie Wilcox diplays the painting she and her boyfriend found discarded in Biloxi.
COURTESY BARBIE WILCOXBarbie Wilcox diplays the painting she and her boyfriend found discarded in Biloxi.

BILOXI -- A Biloxi couple is hoping to find some truth in the old idiom "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

Barbie Wilcox and her boyfriend, John Lunstrum Jr., found a discarded painting about three months ago in a pile of rubble on Division Street in Biloxi. Now, they are hoping someone can help them solve the mystery of the abandoned painting.

"My boyfriend is an artist, and he has an eye for art," Wilcox said. "He saw the painting as we were driving down the road, and we turned around and went back and got it. It had been damaged by the weather."

Wilcox said the painting in question is dated 1956. It is a portrait of a male wearing glasses and a brown suit.

"Our curiosities started getting the best of us," she said. "We wanted to do know if it was of historic significance and who the artist was that painted it. I haven't been able to find anything online."

Until the mystery is solved, Wilcox said she has been sleeping with the painting between her mattress and box spring in an effort to try and flatten it and to prevent further damage to the work of art.

"I know this painting is valuable," she said. "It's an oil portrait done on canvas. Portraits are expensive. Anyone that could pay for a portrait in 1956 had to have some money. It is very expensive to have that done now. I imagine it was very expensive to have it done back then."

If anyone has any information about the portrait, contact Wilcox at barbiebmw4gmail.com.

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