A Canadian woman is taking a huge loss on a painting she purchased online and says she is not interested in making any more artworks.
Rachael Delano, a native of Toronto, bought the painting of an African woman and a boy with a smiley face for $1,800 online from a Canadian artist in 2014.
The painting depicts a young woman with a smiling face, her hair flowing freely, holding a cup of coffee and her hands clasped over a large mug of tea.
The woman and the boy are holding hands and smiling as the image is projected onto the canvas.
The seller, known only as Azz, has said the painting has “sold over 20,000” since being placed in a private collection in 2016.
But Delano said she is still not interested.
She said she would like to see her work on the wall of her home, a home she said is surrounded by nature.
“I would like the painting to go on the walls of my house, but it just won’t be,” she said.
“Because the painting is a part of my history.
And I don’t want it to go away.”
Delano said it was a difficult decision for her to make.
She said she was not familiar with the art, but was interested in the story behind it and its significance to African-Canadian culture.
“The painting tells a story that has been told for centuries,” she wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“For me it is a statement of identity and I want it represented on my wall.”
Azz said the work was one of the last pieces of art she would buy.
“It was something I did not want to give up.
I would like it to be displayed and be remembered,” she added.
She also said the price tag on the painting was “unacceptable.”
“This was a painting that I made with my own hands, I am not willing to give it away,” she told CBC News.
“This is a piece of art that has existed since the beginning of time.
I want to be able to hold it up as an example of what it is to be black and beautiful in Canada.”
The painting, which is part of a private gallery in Toronto, has been on display in the gallery since the 1960s.
Delano and her family moved to Canada from Africa in 2006, and her mother, who is a retired teacher, is from Ghana.
She is the only Canadian in her family who has never seen the painting.
The sale of the painting went under the radar for months, until CBC News reported on the story.
Azz has not responded to requests for comment.
The woman said she bought the work to mark her 70th birthday and also to celebrate her mother’s birthday in 2017.
She says she had been planning to donate the work but decided against it because she did not know where to begin.
“To be honest, I feel like I am giving up, I don ‘t know where else to go,” she explained.
“Maybe if I get more money from it I will be able do something.
But right now I am still not really interested in art.”
The CBC News investigation has found that artworks in private collections can be subject to fraud, especially when sold on eBay.
Azz said she could not identify any specific buyer who paid more than $500,000.
The auction site has a strict policy on selling works, including artworks, without the consent of the buyer.
“We do not accept auctions for works that are not purchased from a licensed professional auctioneer,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.
“Items purchased from third party sellers are not sold under our guidelines and are subject to a 30 per cent sale tax on all sales.
The seller will not be entitled to refund of the purchase price.”
Aquilane Tumay, an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, said the sale of a painting by a private collector in a gallery or gallery of art is often seen as a form of art.
“People are really curious about this art because it’s an individual who bought it and didn’t tell us,” she says.
“And the buyer has no idea that the piece is from the family and has no way of knowing whether or not this is a legitimate piece of artwork or not.”
Tumay says the fact that the buyer paid so much money for the work does not mean it was stolen or that the work is a fraud.
The CBC’s investigation also found that many of the paintings are sold to African and Caribbean countries that are struggling economically.CBC News asked about the buyer of the artworks and the fact she is an artist in a bid to verify the authenticity of the work.
A spokesperson for the buyer did not respond to a request for comment,