Possible de Kooning paintings found in storage locker
New York – A New York City art dealer who bought the contents of a New Jersey storage locker filled with paintings for $15,000 says he got more than he bargained for.
He found a half dozen paintings he believes were done by artist Willem de Kooning, whose works have sold for millions of dollars at auction.
The New York Post reports David Killen bought the contents of the Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, locker last year. The paintings were from the studio of art conservator Orrin Riley, who died in 1986, and his partner, Susanne Schnitzer, who died in 2009.
The paintings aren’t signed, but Killen said an expert is confident they were by de Kooning, an abstract expressionist from the Netherlands who moved to the U.S. and died in 1997.