“Once I was home I thought, 'Let me see why he was so interested in it, '” Flaherty told ABC News.
The print, Flaherty learned after doing her own online research, is one titled, “The Brook Hill Dog" by artist Alexander Pope in 1911. Flaherty says the vintage advertising tins such as the one she purchased were distributed by Friedman, Keiler & Co. Distillers to be displayed in bars and saloons.
With the news that her $44 purchase could be worth a lot more, Flaherty got back in touch with Sturtevant of Braden River Antiques, but told him she did not want to sell the print to him. Instead, she wanted to auction the print for charity.
"I foster dogs so I had the idea that since it’s a dog print, let’s auction it off so half the funds will go to a dog fund, ” Flaherty said. “The other half is going to go towards a book I’m writing on about fostering dogs."
Flaherty says Sturtevant offered to help her auction off the painting as soon as she told him of her intention. Another woman, who had previously adopted a puppy from Flaherty, offered to pay the shipping costs for the sale so that Flaherty could make it a national auction as opposed to local.
“I just thought it was a gift for me to be able to get something like that, ” Flaherty said of the print. “I had it in my home but I thought, ‘What more could I do with it.’”
A spokeswoman for the local Goodwill region confirmed to ABC News that Flaherty did purchase the print from the charity’s new 23, 000-square-feet store, and says that it was her luck to spot it in the store.
“We teach our pricers to locate certain authors, certain designers but, with that being said, you can still find great items because we’re human and sometimes we miss things, ” Kelly Davis Strausbaugh told ABC News. “We have real people doing the pricing so occasionally you’ll find these really great items."