That sale is now being postponed while FBI officials work to determine how the painting found its way to a flea market in West Virginia 60 years after being lifted from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951.
A Washington Post reporter discovered the painting was stolen when he found documents in the museum's library proving they had the painting from 1937 until it was stolen in 1951.
Nowell had not heard the painting was stolen until a Daily Mail reporter contacted him Thursday evening. When asked if he had any idea how the painting came to the flea market he responded it likely had been "passing through auction houses and flea markets."
Dan Barnett, who also co-owns the flea market, said it was his understanding the vendor who sold the painting in the box of junk bought it at an auction. He was not sure at which auction house the man bought the painting.
"We thought it was good," Barnett said of hearing of the famous find at their market. "Now, after hearing about this, maybe not."
Barnett said the flea market has had Super Bowl rings come through in the past. Nowell pointed out none of those rings were stolen and one was missing a diamond.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.