Lucky bloke buys drawing for 73p and is staggered to learn its true worth

A lucky guy who paid less than a pound for a drawing at a market stall is ecstatic to find out its actual worth.

Santiago Taute bought the drawing for 73p and recently discovered the art piece is actually worth £10,000.

The 39-year-old paid one dollar for the A3-sized work in Ecuador in 2001.

The drawing was rolled up and left in a box which remained in storage with his family in Spain.

During this time, Santiago had moved to the UK in 2013 and married his British wife Delia Taute, 31.

Last year, Santiago got the boxes shipped to the UK and finally showed the drawing to this wife.

Delia, an art enthusiast who regularly attends galleries, thought it looked very similar to work by British artist Lee Hadwin – who she'd actually met at an exhibition years earlier.

Lee, 46, who was born in Wales and now lives in London, is a 'sleep artist'.

He has a rare condition that means he can paint incredible artworks while asleep and has made millions from his artwork.

The famous artist – who sold a painting to Donald Trump for £100,000 – has now confirmed the work is his, and valued it between £8,000 and £10,000.

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Lee reckons he painted the work – called 'Bolide' – during a stint in Australia in 2001, but has no idea how it ended up in South America.

Engineer Santiago, from Equador, but now living in Aldershot, Hampshire, said: "I liked the look of the drawing because of all of the colours and ended up purchasing it for one dollar with a few other souvenirs.

"I finally got all my boxes from Spain last year when we moved into a new home. I was taking things out of the boxes and found the painting so went to show my wife.

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"She recognised the signature, checked the website of the artist and he has now confirmed the drawing I bought for a dollar is one of his and worth thousands!"

Delia, who works in sales and has always been passionate about art and regularly attends exhibitions, recognised the style of the drawing.

She reached out to Lee and the artist has since confirmed that the piece was indeed drawn by him when he was living in Australia in 2001.

Lee's drawing has been framed and takes pride of place in the couples' new home.

Delia said: "It's a one in a million story – I mean, how often do things like that happen?

"I had a look on his website at some of his works from around those years and they all cost a little over 10k so I've taken that as a ballpark figure for now.

"The value of the art is only going to up over the years so we are definitely keeping hold of it for now."

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