PJ Morgan Soakenberg was a middle-aged millionaire who lived in the luxurious Hamptons. He collected rare paintings as well as an academic critic of Edgar Allan Poe’s literary achievements and had written extensively about the interesting author and his works. His library contained rare volumes on the master of the American Morbid Mysteries, as well as on many other authors.
A few years ago, an old mansion in Upstate New York caught the attention of many Poe fans when a painting emerged of the former home of one of Poe’s descendants. The great work entitled “Crows” had been painted and signed by Edgar Allan Poe himself.
As the news spread to fans of the art world, the painting received a lot of attention as no one knew that Poe was also dabbling in painting, not even Soakenberg. The work itself seemed completely black with evil eyes staring at the viewer, which reminded whoever looked at it, saw in the darkness of the famous writer’s soul.
A month after the discovery, Sotheby’s seized the opportunity to auction the large painting, which would take place at the New York gallery. Of course, Mr. Soakenberg didn’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime auction for a chance to purchase EA Poe’s only known painting.
Long before the bidding began, other wealthy people came to try to take advantage of the sale.
When everyone was seated, the auctioneer announced to all the bidders. “We will start bidding at $ 100,000.” “120..130..150 … 170.” The auctioneer received bids from everyone who could afford it. Then after “1 million” the competition had gotten serious, but Soakenberg kept raising his palette.
“5 million!” … 7 million? … 10 million? Soakenberg kept his oar up.
“50 million?” Now the competition between him and another wealthy knight continued.
“55..56..60? 100..110 … 120..125?” His competitor dropped his paddle while Soakenberg raised his, with a big smile. “Did I hear 126 … 127? … Go once … go twice … Sold to the knight for 127 million!” The deck fell hard and the offer was final. Soakenberg had won the Poe painting.
His fellow bidders congratulated him, even though they had lost the painting to the triumphant owner. The sale became instant news in the art world as major newspapers interviewed the new owner.
In the days that followed, Soakenberg was driven by his chauffeur to New York City, where a Brinks truck awaited the tycoon’s arrival and ten police cars with the best of the NYPD were parked off to the side in an unsuitable location. revealed. Soakenberg opened the door and confidently walked to the truck with the paint. He took it out and nodded approvingly.
Suddenly, attention was focused on a woman who had been standing on the edge of a three-story building, threatening to jump. The Brinks truck was parked underneath her, and Soakenberg was next to her holding the painting in front of him. He looked up and saw the woman, just as the firefighters were approaching.
“I am going to jump!” the woman said while crying for her miserable life. Just as he stepped off the ledge, a firefighter ran in front of Soakenberg and grabbed the painting to catch the woman. When it jumped, it fell through Poe’s only painting and destroyed it. Fortunately, he supported the woman, slightly slowing her descent before she hit the pavement. Soakenberg’s painting had been completely destroyed with a huge hole. However, the woman lived and had been sent to the hospital in extremely critical condition.
The news about the painting of Poe who encouraged the woman “with the only painting of Edgar Allan Poe” received worldwide attention. A press conference was called as soon as the story about the status of Poe’s only painting was reviewed. The woman who had jumped was in intensive care at a local hospital and she wanted to thank the man and his painting that saved her life. But the millionaire just sulked at his mansion; did not grant interviews.
The millionaire was asked if he would buy another Poe painting if another Poe painting was discovered.
To which Soakenberg said, “Never again. Never again.”