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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Police Bureau is Auctioning Off an Original Thomas Kinkade Print (and Other Stuff)

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Check it out, art lovers! The Portland Police Bureau is looking to unload a genuine copy of dead artist Thomas Kinkade's "Hometown Memories I" (subtitled: "Walking to Church on a Sunday Evening"), and it comes complete with a "certificate of limitation and authenticity."

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It's on the police bureau's new auction site for the best of the best of the unclaimed property otherwise moldering in its evidence warehouse.

A lot of what the bureau takes in winds up destroyed or sitting around for years. Some of it's weird and sad. (This is an especially sensitive subject for people on the streets, whose belongings are supposed to wind up in the warehouse, and not a dumpster, after camp sweeps.) But a lot of it's pretty choice—tools, vehicles, instruments, bikes, etc. That's the stuff, provided no one ever claims it, that gets put up on the auction block.

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