A Magnolia On Red Velvet
Martin Johnson Heade was not popular during his lifetime but he was later recognized as one of the most important American artists of his generation. His works are now in the collection of several major Museums in America.
His works often turn up in unlikely places all over America. One of his works that depict a magnolia was used to cover a hole in the wall of a house in Indiana. It was bought by The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston for $1,250,000 in 1999. Another one was purchased from a rummage sale for $29 which was then sold at an auction for $882,500…but there is some evidence that there are quite a few good forgeries out there though