Mystery donor leaves Salvador Dali etching at Goodwill

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A Salvador Dali numbered etching is being sold through Tacoma Goodwill's website. The artwork was donated to Goodwill. (JANET JENSEN/TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE)

No one knows who left a signed Salvador Dali etching called "Reflection" at a Federal Way Goodwill donation station, but bidding on the work surpassed $5,000 on Thursday.

 

The etching, from Dali’s "Cycles of Life Suite," is No. 126 of 150, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.

 

Bidding started at $999 on Nov. 6 and reached $5,005 by Thursday on shopgoodwill.com.

 

The News Tribune reported the item was simply left at the store.

 

"Any time we get an art piece with a signature or a number, we set it aside," Dylan Lippert, e-sales manager at Tacoma Goodwill, told the paper.

 

A quality control officer checked out the work.

 

"She looked online and said it was particularly a high-value item," Lippert said.

 

Lippert said the store manager then notified the online bidding operation.

 

"He said, 'Hey, I think we have a Salvador Dali,’ and he brought it here," Lippert said. "It just showed up on our donation floor. It was kind of a surprise."