A pile of framed paintings at a flea market.
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Man Lists 'Cursed' Painting On eBay, Says It Ruined His Life

We all have a purchase or two that we may regret, but whatever it is you wish you hadn't spent money on, no way can it compare to what one man in New Jersey went through after buying a vintage painting at a flea market.

To rid himself of the painting he says is cursed, he listed it on eBay, and wound up getting way more than expected.

People can sell the strangest things online.

A flea market table features framed paintings and tableware.
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"The woman at the flea market warned me before buying this and I will warn you – no good can come from this painting."

This was the opening line to an eBay listing for the so-called cursed vintage painting. It was posted for sale in late February for the starting price of $50, but it came with a haunting story.

"I don’t know whose cursed blood was mixed in with the paint to create this piece, but its powers are strong."

The listing reads like a novel.

The painting in question. The left side features a baby doll in a pink dress, the right a red-headed ragdoll in a green dress, both sitting on a green backdrop.
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The author is very descriptive and leaves no moment unmentioned, making it an even more thrilling read.

He begins by describing the day he purchased the painting and the painting itself, seen above, in great detail. He then describes what was the start of a gauntlet of misfortune that began upon bringing the painting into his home.

He describes the series of events as an "epic losing streak."

A close up of the left side, the baby doll.
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It began with him catching a cold, then a permanent draft flowing through his house. He started having sleep troubles, he found a bug infestation in one of his walls, his pet hamster died, and he was plagued by a constant, throbbing headache.

Days into this nightmare, he realized the only thing that had changed about his life before this all started was their acquiring of the painting, so he decided to sell it.

Why sell it and not destroy it?

A closeup of the right side, the ragdoll.
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He addresses this too, saying, "[...] sure, setting the painting on fire could rid the world of the wickedness brought about by the piece, but it could just as easily unleash the evil. Who’s to say that by burning it I’m not just going to make things ten times worse? No, I don’t want to risk that, I’d rather sell it to some poor soul who doesn’t believe this story, or, even scarier, some brave soul who does."

He even includes some extra details about the painting that didn't make it into his story.

The bottom right corner of the painting that features the signature of the artist.
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"Looking closely at it, someone might have splashed it with coffee or blood or maybe it was something that the artist did as there are faint marks by the dolls' feet. As for that artist, it is signed with the initials MNP 3-67. Of course, that could also just stand for something like 'Many Nightmares & Phobias,' which is what the artwork leads to. "

In the end, the painting sold for far more than the author expected.

A pile of framed paintings at a flea market.
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A $50 listing turned into a $1,750 sale. He was shocked, posting an update below the item description.

"Well this has been bid to a surprising point. You guys are pretty bold to want something that can mess your lives up, [...] Because of the already-higher-than-expected top bid, I plan on donating a majority of the proceeds from this sale. [...] Update on me: Since boxing up and listing the painting, the exterminator did find an infestation (gross) and took care of it. [...] My cold is gone and my headaches have lessened.

Thank you all for your interest and be safe."

h/t: Lad Bible