BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For collectors, there's nothing like finding that just right piece of art that fits your decor and that speaks to you, but what about when you find something you'd never hang in your house?
It was odd for Candice Semien to rescue a painting she didn't really like from the trash pile.
"It was about to be thrown out. I got it out of there because I recognized the name. I can't say I care for the piece too much," Semien said.
"Under the Sun" belonged to her grandmother, and even she did not display it.
"About 10 years ago when my grandmother died, we found it in her storage room," she said.
Something about the primitive style and vivid colors led Candice to save the painting from the scrap heap and promptly put it back in storage.
A week ago, Candice took the painting out of storage on a whim and had it appraised.
"I didn't even know he had died," Candice said. "He looked at it. He seemed really disinterested. He was like, 'Yeah, looks like it's a true signature, but I didn't know he did any art.' He didn't give me anything in the way of value."
That's when the internet stepped in. The numbered serigraph of Muhammad Ali's Under the Sun, painted a the peak of his boxing career, could be worth as much as $10,000.
"I was thinking, you know, $1000 maybe," Candice said.
She's still not that impressed with the artwork, but Candice is thinking about keeping it.