Painting Dropped Off at Goodwill Auctioned for $40G

A painting dropped off at an Easton Goodwill store turned out to be a work by a French Impressionist. And now, thanks to the sharp eye of a store employee, the charitable organization is $40,000 richer.

The painting of a Parisian street scene left at the store in March along with the daily donations of pots, pans, old clock radio and other items turned out to be a work by Edouard-Leon Cortes. The painting was sold for $40,600 at a Sotheby's auction a few weeks ago.

If the owner of the painting wants the money, he or she may be out of luck. Goodwill says it doesn't keep track of donors. Donations, meanwhile, are gifts that are considered legal and final transactions.