Homeless Man Sells Rare Collectible For $20 - Dealer Tracks Him Down To Share Profit

Curiosity, Inc. is a small family-run antique shop in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Its owner, Alexander Archbold, is always on the hunt for the most unusual finds. Alexander has a unique assistant: a homeless man named Adam.

Adam is what you'd call a "dumpster diver." He sorts through trash to find possible treasures. Then he asks Alexander if he wants them.

One day, Adam came into the shop carrying a plastic bag. Alexander looked through the bag to see if there was anything of value. He noticed that there was a picture of Bambi in a dirty old frame. It was the scene from the movie where Bambi is a new fawn and meets his forest friends.

Alexander thought it was kind of interesting so he bought it for $20. Maybe he could up-sell it for $100. Then he examined the picture more closely. There was a certificate of authenticity on the back, dating from 1937. The picture wasn't just a sweet drawing: it was an actual image used by the film's animation department!

Alexander did some investigating. There were a couple of galleries who valued the image at $3,500. It was clear that Adam deserved at least half the money: he'd been the one to find it, after all! Alexander ultimately sold the picture on eBay for $3,700 CAD ($2,780 USD).

He then tried to hunt down Adam. The search proved difficult: since Adam is homeless, he has no address or phone number. So Alexander drove around Edmonton for about 2 weeks to try and find him. Alexander finally met up with Adam to give him the $1,700 he'd earned. That wasn't all: he created a GoFundMe to give Adam a plane ticket to his home in Ontario, and a place to stay off the streets.

The fundraiser got almost $8,000 over its $10,000 goal. Adam's still kind of pinching himself. He's so humbled by all the kind strangers who have helped improve his life.

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