A New York City man who once walked dogs and fell into possession of a piece of art by abstract artist Chuck Close had high hopes the art would sell for eight figures, but when put to auction, it fell a bit short, according to reports.
The New York Post reported that 68-year-old Mark Herman is a former dog walker who was living on Social Security.
Herman told the New York Times he had a vision – while he was high on mushrooms – that the Chuck Close painting he had in his possession would be worth $10 million.
On Tuesday, Heritage Auctions in Dallas put the piece up for bid, and the far-out visions and high hopes Herman had while on ‘shrooms quickly diminished.
“I’m really disappointed,” he told the newspaper. “But then, I think if I had a lot of money, it would put a lot of pressure on me.
And that’s the last thing I need,” he added.
The paper reported that Herman was given the 6-foot abstract nude painting by former lawyer Isidore Silver.