“It’s a beautiful painting, and I just wanted to do something with it.
It’s one of the things I loved most in the ’50s and ’60s,” said Terence D. Diggs, 75, of Springfield, Mass., who has been collecting vintage jewelry and clothing since he was a boy.
“I wanted to make a little piece of history.”
Diggs said he had a special fascination with vintage art because he spent time in France, where he bought a painting by Gustave Courbet in 1794.
The painting was then shipped to his home state of Massachusetts, where it was eventually sold in 2015 for $5,000.
Dwayne Diggs has been in the vintage business since he first met a local woman, Lorna Johnson, while looking for an antique perfume box.
“It was just a little box that was just filled with perfume bottles,” Diggs recalled.
“She told me it was a collection of vintage art,” he said. “
“And I was, like, Oh my God.” “
She told me it was a collection of vintage art,” he said.
“And I was, like, Oh my God.”
Dwayne, who is the grandson of the late President Abraham Lincoln, has been a collector of vintage clothing and jewelry for nearly 70 years.
He’s also a self-described “collector” of vintage books, paintings, furniture and other items.
“People who have the best knowledge about vintage will never sell to me,” Dwayne said.
The antique box, which is now a museum piece, was among many items Dwayne was given by his mother when he was born.
Diversions from the box included a pair of vintage boots from the 1930s and 1940s, as well as two vintage pens from the late 1940s and 1950s, Dwayne’s mother said.
“I’ve been looking at these for almost two decades now, and it’s amazing how much of a collector it is,” Divenes said.
Divens, who was born in Springfield, is one of about 40 collectors who collected the antique perfume bottles in the Boston area from the early ’50