Art in Movies

A Jackson Pollock sold for $140 million and bought for five bucks…

Jackson PollockTonight, Teri Horton, a 73-year-old former truck driver from California, will appear on the Late Show with David Letterman telling viewers about her amazing story that started in an unlikely find: a large-scale drip painting by the American Expressionist Jackson Pollock, which just recently became the world most expensive artist.

Last week, David Geffen, the owner of DreamWorks sold his beloved No5, 1948 Pollock for an estimated $140 Million. If ever accepted by the art community, Horton’s painting could be worth $50 million. Her story has now been made into a documentary film called “Who the #!@$ is Jackson Pollock?” which opens in New York next week.

This is truly a remarkable story that starts 15 years ago in San Bernardino California, where Horton stopped in a thrift shop to buy a gift for a friend. There, she finds a big ugly painting (as she describes it) and she buys it for five dollars (haggled down from eight…).

Her friend could not fit the big board into her trailer, so Horton put the painting in a garage sale. An art teacher in town noticed the painting and remarked that it looks very much like a Jackson Pollock. Thus began Horton’s 15-year struggle with the skeptical art world, a life journey that has now been turned into a movie.

This story can provide inspiration to us all in hope that maybe we’ll find a Jackson Pollock, or a Picasso one day… the chances are very slim, and even if it is genuine, your finding will be highly scrutinized.

Horton was recently offered $9 million dollars by a collector from Dubai, but refused to accept even though she is living on social security. They say that this truck driver is simply enjoying the ride.

About the Author

Amitai Sasson of is an art world traveler on a mission to seek out the beauty and passion of the art world. As an avid enthusiast of art and oil paintings, he contributes to as Chief editor and writer.