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No. 4709. Overlook Mountain, Woodstock,1959. Oil on Canvas,

No. 4709. Overlook Mountain, Woodstock,1959. Oil on Canvas, 26''X33''. Painting by Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013) Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A stash of art by an obscure painter who lived and worked in a Bellport bungalow could be worth up to $30 million, according to experts who have appraised the work.

The buyers of the home at 30 Country
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The buyers of the home at 30 Country Club Road in Bellport found thousands of paintings, drawings and journals rotting away in the garage in 2006 -- a discovery that has turned into a windfall for the new owners and a posthumous celebration of Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

An Arthur Pinajian painting titled Bellport Shoreline, 1982.

An Arthur Pinajian painting titled Bellport Shoreline, 1982. A stash of art by a little-known painter who lived and worked in a Bellport bungalow could be worth $30 million, according to experts who have appraised the work. The buyers of the home found thousands of paintings, drawings and journals rotting away in the garage -- a discovery that has turned into a windfall for the new owners and a posthumous celebration of Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

This untitled 1959 oil on canvas painted by
Photo Credit: Collection of the Pinajian Estate

This untitled 1959 oil on canvas painted by Arthur Pinajian was discovered in his sister's Bellport home in 2007. Thousands of his paintings were found in the garage when the house was sold. Some are now on exhibit at the Fuller Building, Manhattan, through March 10, 2013.

Undated handout picture of artist Arthur Pinajian. A
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Undated handout picture of artist Arthur Pinajian. A stash of art by a little-known painter who lived and worked in a Bellport bungalow could be worth $30 million, according to experts who have appraised the work. The buyers of the home found thousands of paintings, drawings and journals rotting away in the garage -- a discovery that has turned into a windfall for the new owners and a posthumous celebration of Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

Undated handout of Armen Pinajian, sister of artist
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Undated handout of Armen Pinajian, sister of artist Arthur Pinajian. A stash of art by a little-known painter who lived and worked in a Bellport bungalow could be worth $30 million, according to experts who have appraised the work. The buyers of the home found thousands of paintings, drawings and journals rotting away in the garage -- a discovery that has turned into a windfall for the new owners and a posthumous celebration of Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

An exterior view of the small garage in
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

An exterior view of the small garage in Bellport where homeowner Thomas Schultz discovered collections of paintings created by Artist Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

Homeowner Thomas Schultz poses for a portrait in
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Homeowner Thomas Schultz poses for a portrait in front of the small garage next to his home where he discovered collections of paintings created by artist Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

An exterior view of the home and small
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

An exterior view of the home and small garage in Bellport where homeowner Thomas Schultz discovered collections of paintings created by artist Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

Untitled, circa 1960. Oil and Acryllic on Paper
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Untitled, circa 1960. Oil and Acryllic on Paper 36''X26'' by artist Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

A copy photo of a comic book page
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A copy photo of a comic book page Illustrated and written by artist Arthur Pinajian in 1939 for Smash comics. The character of Invisible Justice was an original creation of Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

The house at 30 Country Club Rd, Bellport
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The house at 30 Country Club Rd, Bellport in 2006, after it was purchased by Thomas Schultz and another investor. Schultz discovered paintings by artist Arthur Pinajian in the garage at left.

A copy photo of a comic book page
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A copy photo of a comic book page "Red Man of the Rockies" Illustrated and written by artist Arthur Pinajian in 1937 for Centaur publications. (March 6, 2013)

No. 4709. Overlook Mountain, Woodstock,1959. Oil on Canvas,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

No. 4709. Overlook Mountain, Woodstock,1959. Oil on Canvas, 26''X33''. Painting by Arthur Pinajian. (March 6, 2013)

Thousands of paintings by artist Arthur Pinajian were
Photo Credit: Handout

Thousands of paintings by artist Arthur Pinajian were found in the garage of his Bellport cottage, shown here, when the house was sold. Some are now on exhibit at the Fuller Building, Manhattan, through March 10, 2013. (undated)

This untitled 1964 oil on canvas painted by
Photo Credit: Collection of the Pinajian Estate

This untitled 1964 oil on canvas painted by Arthur Pinajian was discovered in his sister's Bellport home in 2007. Thousands of his paintings were found in the garage when the house was sold. Some are now on exhibit at the Fuller Building, Manhattan, through March 10, 2013.

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