73 year old Teri Horton, a former long haul truck driver with an eighth grade education, bought the painting for $5.00 at a local thrift shop. When someone tells Teri it looks like the work of a famous artist, Teri decides to investigate further. Forensic scientific experts are able to confirm the painting came from Pollocks studio, making it that much clearer to Horton she is holding an extremely high priced original. However, she learns quickly the hard way that in today's modern art world, there are no easy answers to confirm the painting's authenticity.
This is her story as she takes on the modern day art world that snobbishly tries to tell her she is holding nothing more than a simple knock off worth nothing. She hires a forensic scientist who discovers a fingerprint on the back of the painting's canvas and he traces that same fingerprint to prove a positive match with a fingerprint discovered on a can of paint in Pollock's studio. The paint matches a can of paint in that same studio plus also matches markings on the floor, proving the painting was done at this location. However, no matter what she can prove, she is unable to convince the modern art establishments who proclaim the painting is fake and completely worthless. Horton spends over 15 years enlisting the services of many professionals who refuse to authenticate the painting which would bring Horton approximately $50 million dollars. The documentary gives an insight into the eccentric world of buying and selling art in today's modern world.
Director: Harry Moses
Writer: Harry Moses
Producers: Harry Moses, Steven Hewitt