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College student buys a Yoshitomo Nara ashtray at Goodwill for $10 and sells it on eBay for $2,800

A college student with an eye for art hit the jacket pot when he bought a Yoshitomo Nara ashtray at a local Goodwill store for $10 and flipped it on eBay for $2,800. 

Terrelle Brown, a 22-year-old student at Wheaton College in Illinois, celebrated his payday in a now-viral TikTok video, which showed his shock after he received an eBay alert stating the item had sold for nearly 30,000 percent more than he paid for it.

‘Found an ashtray for 10 dollars [at] Goodwill 6 months ago and got this notification in the middle of class,’ he wrote in the on-screen text, before the footage cut to a screenshot of the order confirmation. 

  

Terrelle Brown, a 22-year-old student at Wheaton College in Illinois, bought a Yoshitomo Nara ashtray at a local Goodwill store for $10 and flipped it on eBay for $2,800

The savvy thrifter celebrated his payday in a now-viral TikTok video that has been viewed over 1.5 million times since it was posted on April 16

The savvy thrifter celebrated his payday in a now-viral TikTok video that has been viewed over 1.5 million times since it was posted on April 16

Brown included a screenshot of the eBay notification he received after someone purchased the ashtray for $2,800

Brown included a screenshot of the eBay notification he received after someone purchased the ashtray for $2,800

The clip featured close-ups of Nara’s art piece from 2002, which was still in its original box when Brown scooped it up. Titled ‘Too Young to Die,’ the teal ashtray features a painting of a girl in a yellow dress smoking. 

After eBay took its cut of the sale, Brown was left with a cool $2,408 — quite the steal considering he only paid $10 for the collectible. 

The TikToker, who has a flair for thrift shopping, admitted in his video’s caption that he had trouble parting with the ashtray. 

‘Feel like I’ll regret this one in a few years,’ he wrote.

The clip featured close-ups of Nara's art piece from 2002, which was still in its original box when Brown scooped it up

The clip featured close-ups of Nara’s art piece from 2002, which was still in its original box when Brown scooped it up

Brown, an experienced thrifter, recently opened his own shop, Paradigm Thrift and Vintage , with fellow college student Daniel Leadbetter

Brown, an experienced thrifter, recently opened his own shop, Paradigm Thrift and Vintage , with fellow college student Daniel Leadbetter

Nara, 62, is a contemporary Japanese artist who is best know for his sinister depictions of children and animals.

His 2000 painting ‘Knife Behind Back’ sold for a whopping 196 million Hong Kong dollars (approximately $25 million) at Sotheby’s in 2019. 

Speaking with Artnet News, Brown recalled how excited he was when he came across one of Nara’s pieces at his local Goodwill store. 

Brown, an experienced thrifter, recently opened his own shop, Paradigm Thrift and Vintage, with fellow college student Daniel Leadbetter. 

His main focus is vintage clothing, but he knew he found something special when she spotted the ashtray in a locked glass cabinet at Goodwill. 

In December 2021, another TikTok user known as @louiethebulldog1, realized she had Nara's 'Too Young to Die' ashtray in her home in Phoenix after seeing it in other videos on the platform

In December 2021, another TikTok user known as @louiethebulldog1, realized she had Nara’s ‘Too Young to Die’ ashtray in her home in Phoenix after seeing it in other videos on the platform

That same month, TikTok user @reuzdfindz shared that she found the same ashtray at a Goodwill store in Los Angeles and bought it for $5.99

That same month, TikTok user @reuzdfindz shared that she found the same ashtray at a Goodwill store in Los Angeles and bought it for $5.99

That same month, TikTok user @reuzdfindz shared that she found the same ashtray at a Goodwill store in Los Angeles and bought it for $5.99

Nara, 62, is a contemporary Japanese artist who is best know for his sinister depictions of children and animals

Nara, 62, is a contemporary Japanese artist who is best know for his sinister depictions of children and animals

‘I was shaking with excitement because I knew the potential of it,’ he said. ‘I hopped in the car and started looking at eBay prices, and I was like, “This is unreal.”

He explained that the ashtray was in its original packaging, which made it easy for him to authenticate the piece.

Brown’s TikTok video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times since it was posted on April 16, but he isn’t the only person who has come across the ashtray in recent months.

In December 2021, TikTok user @reuzdfindz shared that she found the same ashtray at a Goodwill store in Los Angeles and bought it for $5.99. It wasn’t until she got home that she realized it was selling for thousands online. 

That same month, another user who is known as @louiethebulldog1, realized she had the same ashtray in her home in Phoenix after seeing it in other videos on the platform.  

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