In September 2017, while a barn in Watertown was being sold, the entrepreneur found large canvases with car parts painted on them. The space and its contents had been deemed “abandoned”, so he called his friend Jared Whipple, an auto mechanic from Waterbury, as he thought he might like them.
The next day, Whipple drove to the dumpster where he said he retrieved the hundreds of artworks wrapped in plastic and covered in dirt. He later discovered that the art was created by Francis Hines, an artist born in Washington, DC who resided in Connecticut and New York. According to an art curator, the pieces are collectively worth “millions” of dollars.