Some antique dealers knowingly rip off of their customers. But some other are honest. This antique dealer must be the most selfless one of them all.
Alexander Archbold has been a part of the antique dealing business for years.
It’s a very special industry, and as you can probably imagine, he has seen a lot of amazing things and met many interesting people.
But the most interesting story of his whole career happened when a homeless man entered his shop.
Curiosity Inc. is Archbold’s antique store. Its location is in Alberta, Canada and has been a family business from the beginning.
Adam, the homeless man, found himself in the store one day, among all of the wonderful items.
He walked up to Archbold, holding a plastic bag in one of his hands. The bag was swinging back and forth. Something heavy was inside of it.
Adam had gone dumpster diving that morning, looking forward to making a quick buck.
The homeless man reached Archbold and took what was inside of the bag, out. On the counter was a range of trinkets. Archbold studied them all for a second, and then something caught his eye.
It was a broken picture frame with a drawing from the Disney classic Bambi.
In particular, it depicted the scene where Bambi learns to walk, shortly after being born.
Disney memorabilia always has a market. So Archbold snapped the picture up for the princely sum of $20.
Pleased with it, Adam got outside of the store with the money.
But later, Archbold took a look at the photo closely and figured out something shocking.
In the beginning, he had valued the photo as being able to retail for $100. If it was from the 1940s, then it would definitely be able to fetch that.
But, the picture was not a mass produced piece of merchandise made to tie in with Bambi’s big screen release. It was actually a lot more special than that.
After taking the picture out of its frame, Archbold saw that the picture had a super old certificate of authenticity. Its copyright date was 1937. Bambi was only released in 1942. Undoubtedly, this item was unique.
The drawing was actually a part of the original animation frames used in the film. That made it a highly sought after, very special art piece of cinematic history!
Archbold contacted a gallery in America which had a similar original animation drawing. They valued their drawing for $3,500.
Most people, after hearing this news, would get dollar signs in their eyes. But not Archbold. Instead, he was filled with a gigantic feeling of guilt.
Adam, the man who had undoubtedly fallen on hard times, had briefly owned something that would get him back on his feet. And Archbold had taken it for just $20.
That’s when Archbold decided to do something to make this better.
He put the drawing up on eBay, where it was sold for $3,700. But not all of the money would end up being for him.
He decided to track down Adam and give him a share of his money.
But Adam was a difficult man to find. Not having a home meant that Adam was basically impossible to find.
Yet Archbold wasn’t going to give up. He rode around Alberta every day for two straight weeks.
But at last, Archbold was able to find Adam. Adam was confused, barely remembering selling the drawing.
When Archbold pulled out $1,700, Adam’s cut, the homeless man was shocked.
However, this was just the beginning of Adam’s good fortune and Archbold’s help. Archbold decided to create a GoFundMe page for Adam, in order to gather him extra funds. Originally, Archbold set a goal of $10,000. But in the end, he had raised almost $18,000, all for Adam.
Now Adam has a forever home. And it’s all thanks to Archbold being an awesome human being.
If only all business owners went out of their way when it came to helping their clients like this!