After Her Father Dies the Step-Sister Requests a Incredibly Valuable Painting Which She Secretly Plans to Sell but The Woman Is Suspicious

Sarah, a woman who inherited a painting from her late father, faces a dilemma when her step-sister, Ellie, requests the painting for sentimental reasons but later plans to sell it, leading to a conflict.

She Lost Her Father

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Meet “Sarah,” a 26-year-old who recently lost her father. He and her mother were divorced, and his second wife passed away a couple of years ago, so Sarah was the sole beneficiary of his will. Among his possessions was a painting which was chosen by his late wife to decorate their marital home. It was something of a wedding celebration present. His wife didn’t work, and her father bought the painting, and the paperwork was all in his name, so it was included as part of his estate.

Step-Sister Makes Contact

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His late wife had a daughter, “Ellie,” who is 27. Ellie contacted Sarah some time ago, asking if there was any way she would consider letting her have the painting since her mother loved it so much, and it had sentimental value to her. Sarah was a little suspicious of this because if this was the case, surely Ellie could have asked her father for it after her mother’s passing, but nevertheless, Sarah considered giving the painting to Ellie.

A Valuable Gift

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The piece was worth a lot of money, and it was beautiful, so Sarah wasn’t pleased to part with it, but since she never planned to sell it, and it was not a piece that held any special significance to her amongst her father’s collection, she decided she would gift it to Ellie. She let her know she would make the arrangements to have it shipped and straighten out all the paperwork.

Step-Sister Attempts to Sell

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About a week ago, Sarah got a call from a friend of hers who works at the gallery where her father purchased a lot of his art. Her friend was her father’s dealer, and she let Sarah know that Ellie had contacted her, looking for a valuation and information on selling the artwork that Sarah was going to give her. Her friend called her because she didn’t know who Ellie was, but she knew the piece belonged to Sarah’s father, and it was one of a kind, so she was concerned about someone trying to fence it.

She Had Been Lied To

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This made Sarah feel like a complete idiot because she thought she was gifting Ellie what she considered a piece of her mother, only to discover that Ellie was planning to sell it. Sarah called Ellie to ask her what was going on, and she reluctantly confirmed that she was planning to sell it.

“The Money Would Mean More to Her”

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Sarah said she wouldn’t feel good about giving her one of her father’s possessions just so she could sell it, especially after being lied to. Ellie said that was none of her business, and she should give it to her anyway since that money would mean more to her than the painting ever had to Sarah.

Frustrated and Torn

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Sarah had no idea how to solve the situation. She was going back and forth over different options and tying herself in knots. So, she decided to hand it over to the internet. She posted on a popular internet forum thread and asked for other people’s advice. Here’s what they said:

The Internet Responds

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One person puts, “She wanted to sell something that was super valuable in your family and try to hide it?! Absolutely not. Definitely stick with not giving her the painting.”

Another Person Responds

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Another commenter writes, “Ellie is stupid – or at least acted stupidly. To be fair though, the art community tends to be tight knit in some respects and the provenance of a piece has to be exact. So if she used any other dealer, they would likely have contacted the original gallery/dealer to confirm provenance. So OP may have ended up knowing anyway.”

A Final Person Writes

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A third person says, “Honestly what does it for me is not the fact that Ellie intended to sell it, since it has so special meaning to OP, but the fact that she lied about it. I think even if OP would be willing to give it for Ellie to sell it, she would be well within her right to change her decision over the fact she was lied to.”

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