Oil painting worth thousands dropped off at Fort Wayne Goodwill

A painting by 19th century romantic Victorian artist Charles Edward Perugini that was dropped off at a Fort Wayne Goodwill. (Photo: Fort Wayne's NBC)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WTHR) — They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But in this situation, it's more like a painting is worth a thousand dollars.

Someone dropped off a 19th century oil painting by Charles Edward Perugini at a Goodwill location in Fort Wayne. It sold for more than $4,500 on Goodwill's online store.

Charles Shepard is the president and CEO of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. He said it's likely whoever dropped the painting off didn't realize its value.

For those at Goodwill, the painting ending up in their hands was also a surprise.

"It's just interesting that something that ties back to the mid-1800s, and that ties back to somebody who was married to the daughter of Charles Dickens ends up in Fort Wayne," Bill Warriner told Fort Wayne's NBC. Warriner is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana.

According to Shepard, Perugini married Charles Dickens' youngest daughter.

Warriner said there is a way for the person who dropped off the painting to get it back, but it will be tough. They'd have to be able to prove without a doubt they were the one who let the painting go.